Online certificate


Flexible start date




  • Care


  • Online

Why take this course?

Substance misuse is when alcohol, illegal drugs, or over-the-counter or prescription medications are used in a way that could be harmful to you or others.

In 2020, drug poisoning deaths increased by 3.8% compared to the previous year, and was the highest annual number since records began in 1993.

This course will provide you with a range of knowledge and understanding surrounding the subject.

What you will experience

Course content:

Section 1: Substances that are commonly misused – Cover the reasons why people use substances, the types of substances that are misused and the factors that can influence the effects of substances.

Section 2: The personal and social effects of substance misuse – Study the harmful effects of substance misuse on individuals and society, as well as where to get support and advice on substance misuse.

Section 3: The perceptions of and responses to substance misuse -Covers how stereotyping affects users, how media reporting affects people’s perceptions of substance misuse and statistics about substance misuse.

Section 4: Ways to promote healthy choices and build resilience -Look at the risk factors and protective factors for substance misuse, ways to protect individuals from the risks of substance misuse and the barriers to making healthy choices.