Level 1 Awareness of Substance Misuse

  • Age: 18+
  • Level: Foundation
  • Study time: 2 hours
Enhance your knowledge about substance misuse with our online course.
Substance Misuse
An introductory course into substance misuse, suitable for those working in any place of work.
  • Modules: 9
  • Exams: 4

  • Learners for this course must be aged 18 years old or older - learners must use this course in line with our Child Protection Policy
  • Minimum of level 1 literacy is recommended (GCSE grade G/level 1 or above)
  • You will need access to a computer and internet connection to complete this course
  • We do not recommend anyone who is currently misusing substances to undertake this course. Care Academy cannot be held responsible for any actions taken by an individual who undertakes this course and ignores this advise.
Who is this course for?
Course Modules
Learning Outcomes
Technical Requirements

Who Is This Course For?

 Anyone who needs foundation substance misuse training as part of their paid or voluntary role.

Course Modules

  • Introduction
  • Reasons and factors why people use substances
  • Types of substances misused, signs, symptoms and their effects
  • Misleading signs and symptoms
  • Effects on society
  • Gaining support and advice
  • How stereotyping affects users
  • How the media affect people's perceptions
  • How substance misuse in society can be responded to

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Know which substances are commonly misused and why
  • Identify possible signs of substance misuse
  • Be aware of the social and personal effects of substance misuse
  • Be aware of the perceptions and responses to substance misuse

  • Assessment

    You must gain a minimum of 75% in the end of module assessments in order to gain your certificate for this course. You can attempt the assessments as many times as you would like.

    Technical Requirements

    Please make sure you are familiar with our technical requirements before commencing a course:

     Web browser: Google Chrome or Firefox. Some of our courses/elements of courses will not work on other internet browsers.

     Device: Although our courses work on any device connected to the internet, we recommend a desktop or laptop for optimal learning experience.

     Internet: You need to have an internet connection to access any of our online training courses.

     PDF Reader: Some of our courses come with PDFs and Word documents for download. You need to ensure that you have a PDF reader and word processor on your device to access these documents if you would like to download them.



  • Each of our courses comes with a certificate which you can use to demonstrate your knowledge to the world.
  • Some of our courses have assessments attached to them and you must achieve a certain mark to pass the assessment and gain your certificate.
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    Your certificate will be personalised with the name which you enter on completion of the course.
    • Name of the course completed
    • Date that the course was completed
    • Expiry date of certificate (where applicable)
    • Stamps of approval and/or accreditations
    • Learning outcomes of what you have learned during your training
    • Assessment score (only applicable for some courses)
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