FdA Alcohol and Substance Misuse Work

This course is subject to final confirmation of availability
Delivered at Accrington & Rossendale College University Centre
Start Date September 2024
Duration 1 Year
Cost £9000 Year 1

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

** All fees are payable to Nelson and Colne College Group University Centre

Course overview

The programme offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills across a range of frameworks, contexts and practices relating to substance misuse work. Central to the degree is an exploration of a variety of social, welfare, health and legal policy responses to an array of substance misuse issues and problems.

The foundation degree is a two year full-time vocational degree programme where practice is assessed alongside academic ability. Employers have been supportive both in development and delivery of the degree ensuring that students gain exactly the skills needed in the workplace.

What will I learn

• Professional Practice and Personal Development Planning
• Sociology of Health
• Concepts and Models of Addiction
• Introduction to Research
• Drug and Alcohol Strategy and Legislation
• Care Assessment and Planning

• Prevention
• Community Involvement and Engagement
• Treatment and Recovery
• Independent Research Project
• Advanced Professional Practice and Personal Development Planning
• Harm Reduction

How will the courses be assessed?

A series of written and practical work is assessed by your tutors and will determine your overall grade.

Entry requirements

Candidates are selected on the basis of their ability to cope with and benefit from the programme. Their suitability can be demonstrated either through previous educational achievement or through experience and aptitude.
Admission by prior qualification will normally require a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. Typically, points can be derived from:
• One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or equivalent
• Two AS level passes
• BTEC National Diploma/ Certificate
• Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates,
• International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points
• A pass in a recognised Access course
• Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications
Admission by experience and aptitude will be based on the length and type of the candidate's employment experiences and his. Her ability to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject. As part of this process, candidates may be required to undertake aptitude tests and. Or to provide personal and/ or employment references.
Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English Language competence equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.


When you graduate, you will have improved your employment/promotion prospects in the areas of substance misuse work, such as drug rehabilitation, detoxification and care.

The Foundation Degree can be topped-up to the BA (Hons) in Health and Applied Social Studies at Accrington and Rossendale College. Please enquire for more information.

Additional University Programme Information

Full Time

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Provision Register

A Graduation Ceremony is held every year and we will be in touch with you upon completion of your programme to invite you to graduate.

Upon completion of your programme, you will receive a certificate from LMJU.

This course is subject to final confirmation of availability