Understanding Drug, Alcohol and Substance and Abuse Training Course (Level 3)

Course Overview

Drug and alcohol abuse affects millions of people the social influences of drugs, substances and alcohol is possibly greater now that it has ever been before, especially for children and young people.

This training course considers the different types and categories of substances and the legislation which regulates the use of substances and criminal behaviours.

As part of this training, learners will have the opportunity view (fake but authentically realistic in appearance) samples of many different types of substances in order to appreciate the appearance, classification, street names and uses and also to have the opportunity to try the award winning FatalVision™ lenses, which recreates the effects of being under the influence of substances, adding value to how the use of drugs, substances and alcohol is viewed by others. This is a Level 3 accredited course.

Course Aims

  • Understand what drug and alcohol abuse is
  • Understand drug and alcohol abuse related UK legislation
  • Understand the different classifications of substances
  • Understand the different types and categories of substances
  • Understand possible causes and effects of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Understand possible indicators of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Understand the ‘cycle of change’

Course Objectives

  1. Define what drug and alcohol abuse is
  2. Define purpose of The Misuse of Drugs Act (1971), The Medicines Act (1968), The Drug Trafficking Act (1994) and The Public Order Act (1986)
  3. Evaluate and analyse the difference between Class A, Class B and Class C drugs
  4. Define the different supply and possession penalties of Class A, Class B and Class C drugs
  5. Explain the difference between four categories of substances (Stimulants, Depressants, Enhancers and Hallucinogens)
  6. Assess the effects of different types of illegal substances
  7. Recognise different types of substances, their appearance and uses
  8. Define the meaning of the term ‘legal highs’
  9. Evaluate possible causes of drug and alcohol abuse
  10. Analyse possible effects of drug and alcohol abuse
  11. Define possible indicators of drug and alcohol abuse
  12. Define the meaning of the ‘cycle of change’
  13. Explain and evaluate the six stages of the ‘cycle of change’ (Pre-contemplation stage, Contemplation stage, Preparation stage, Action stage, Maintenance stage and the Relapse stage)


The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.


Each learner completing this course will receive an accredited Level 3 certificate of learning.

Links to QCF Units

This Drug and Alcohol Abuse training course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children’s Homes (England) Regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2015 and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and the National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults).


This training course is designed for professionals working with children and young people including support teams, education professionals and foster carers. This course is also suitable for professionals working with adults.


This drug abuse training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.

Training Course Duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale).

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