The Drug & Alcohol Misuse - Level 2 Course is designed for students who wish to gain an awareness of drug & alcohol misuse together with the risks and effects associated with misuse, the law and prevention measures.

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive a course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email.

You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of registration.


The objectives of the course are to:

  • Obtain a better understanding about drugs and alcohol misuse.

  • Obtain knowledge about the different types of drugs available and their side effects and use.

  • Obtain a better understanding why people take drugs.

  • Obtain a better understanding about why people use Alcohol.

  • Find out what treatment is available in your area and how to access it.

  • Find out how to set up a drug or alcohol abuse treatment programme in your area.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

The Course Includes the Following 5 Units:-

  • Unit One – Introduction

The following topics are covered: General introduction; Understanding Social use from Substance Abuse, Alcoholism and Addiction; Social Drinking and Drug Abuse; Alcoholism and Drug Addiction; Alcohol and Drug Use Management; and Information on Drugs imports into the UK and the European Union.

  • Unit Two – The A-Z of drugs – effects, risks and the law

The following topics are covered: Introduction; The effects of drugs; The risks associated with drugs; and The law relating to drugs.

  • Unit Three – Alcohol Abuse

The following topics are covered: Introduction; Binge Drinking; The NHS Guidelines; The effect of Alcohol on the Human Body; and Alcohol and Crime.

  • Unit Four – Why People Use Drugs & Alcohol

The following topics are covered: Introduction; Attitudes about drugs; and Drug prevention and awareness.

  • Unit Five Drug & Alcohol Prevention and Awareness

The following topics are covered: Introduction; and Drug & Alcohol Prevention Programmes in the UK.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Drug & Alcohol Misuse Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.  This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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