NCFE Award in
Substance Misuse Awareness Level 1 Equivalent to SCQF Level 4

Enhance your understanding of different aspects regarding substance misuse.


Why take this course?

More than two thirds of people aged between 16 and 59 in the UK admit to have taken drugs at least once in their lifetime, a third of whom admit to taking drugs at least once in the past 12 months. By learning about why people choose to take drugs, the impact they can have and the laws surrounding them, we can all begin to gain a better understanding of substance misuse and the people who become involved with illegal substances. This nationally recognised qualification is an ideal way to begin learning about the main issues surrounding substance misuse. This course is designed for a wide range of learners, who want to raise their awareness of the consequences of substance misuse. It will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification at an introductory level, and acts as an accessible and flexible learning opportunity for those who want to understand the role of substance misuse in society.

The course is accredited by the NCFE — a national awarding organisation. For more information please visit the NCFE website.

What you will experience

The qualification comprises of one mandatory unit: Unit 01 Develop an Awareness of Substance Misuse. You will cover a range of topics, including:

  • The types of substance and why they are misused
  • The social and personal effects of substance misuse and how these are commonly portrayed
  • Perceptions of and responses to substance misuse

Course work will be internally and externally moderated, but there is no end test.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, with a basic level of tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this award, but you should have the minimum level of literacy and numeracy necessary to use the distance learning materials and complete assessment tasks.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

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Duration Fees Code
24 Hours over 4 Months £108.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.