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C&G Level 4 Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse (TBC)

This level 4 certificate is ideal for you if you work within the field of substance misuse, including dealing with drug, alcohol or solvent abuse.

Course Structure

This qualification will give you specialist knowledge and professional skills so you can be more resourceful and effective. The course covers a range of topics from identifying misuse to supporting individuals through treatment and rehabilitation, enabling you to focus on the substance misuse issues that impact on your work.

The certificate in working with Substance Misuse is for professionals who work with individuals who misuse substances, either directly or indirectly, for example, you may be a Support Worker, Housing Worker, Police Officer or Teacher.

They are also relevant to those working within specialist substance misuse services either with adults or children and young people. These services may be statutory or voluntary and will usually have Service Level Agreements with local Drug Action Teams (DATs), Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) or Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs).They can also be used by workers who cannot access the full Level 3 qualification because of the nature of their working context or role i.e. they are a part-time or voluntary worker.

Students will study enough units to gain a minimum of 18 credits. These include;

  • Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists.
  • Enable individuals who misuse substances to identify and use health and social care services and facilities.
  • Identify and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance misusers.
  • Support individuals who are substance users.


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Course Code: 10066

Contact Hours

Directed Study

3 hours per week to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study

A further 3 hours per week, on average, studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:

  • Must be working in the area of substance misuse, for example, as a teacher, police officer etc

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods primarily this will be assessment of occupational competence in the workplace through observations and candidates will submit a portfolio of evidence. Assessment will also include coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

Students can apply to continue further study at a degree level in areas such as addiction studies and then to other postgraduate level 7 courses. 

How will it make me more employable?

 This course will enhance your knowledge of this area. 

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme


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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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