CPD Substance Misuse Awareness

Are you looking to complete a substance misuse awareness course? UK employers, particularly in the health and social care, often want candidates with knowledge in this area, so why wait? This short, auto-marked programme will teach you everything you need to know about substance misuse; develop your knowledge on an important, contemporary issue; and equip you with a skill set that is highly transferrable.


This course is split into manageable sections. These are:

Section 1: Substances that are commonly misused

In this section, you will cover the reasons why people use substances, the types of substances that are misused and the factors that can influence the effects of substances.

Section 2: The personal and social effects of substance misuse

You will study the harmful effects of substance misuse on individuals and society, as well as where to get support and advice on substance misuse. .

Section 3: The perceptions of and responses to substance misuse

This section covers how stereotyping affects users and how media reporting affects people's perceptions of substance misuse. You will also cover statistics about substance misuse. .

Section 4: Ways to promote healthy choices and build resilience

You will look at the risk factors and protective factors for substance misuse, ways to protect individuals from the risks of substance misuse and the barriers to making healthy choices. .

The benefits of this course include:

  • Potential to advance on to another substance misuse awareness course
  • UK-based learner support network to guide you through your studies
  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Access to award-winning learning and assessment materials.

Key Information

Course Length 4 hours
Course Level Level CPD
Learning Method(s)

Online learning
materials with
online assessment