Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Understanding Substance Misuse

Understanding Substance Misuse

Substance Misuse Course

Understanding Substance Misuse

Agored Cymru Level 2 Award in Understanding Substance Misuse

This course is for those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of substance misuse.



Is this course right for me?

The course is useful in both a professional and personal setting. It will enhance the understanding of those already working therapeutically eg. support workers, counsellors, key workers and those working in a help and support setting and also benefit parents and carers through increased knowledge and awareness.

Personal Learning Account (PLA) funding may be available for this course (subject to eligibility). Click here for more information or contact

This eight week course normally runs on a Thursday, 18:00 – 20:00.

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Learners must be at least 16 years old

Topics to be covered include:

  • Define the terms substance and substance misuse
  • Describe categories of substances and their effects
  • Describe categories of substance users
  • Describe current legislation relating to substance misuse
  • Understand the effects of substance misuse
  • Give examples of why people misuse substances
  • Describe the effects of substance misuse

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

This qualification does not lead directly to an employed role. However, the knowledge gained contributes towards a specialist area of counselling and would be useful in a variety of settings, both professional, paraprofessional and personal, for example:

  • Supporting those working in Tier 1 services by providing an overview of the subject
  • Enhancing understanding of those already working therapeutically e.g. counsellors, support workers, key workers
  • Benefiting parents and carers by virtue of increased knowledge and awareness
  • Helping and supporting others either in a voluntary or employed capacity

Following completion of this course you might want to try another one of our community courses.

  • No additional equipment required
  • No additional costs
  • Personal Learning Account (PLA) funding may be available for this course (subject to eligibility). Click here for more information or contact
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

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Course Date:

28 April 2022

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The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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