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Alcohol and Drug Awareness Award level 1 – C5355

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Course Overview

This supported online learning course aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding to raise awareness of drugs and alcohol.
Drugs Awareness introduces you to the types of drug available, their effect on users and the impact of drug misuse on those linked to drug user, the user’s own health and finally, issues associated with withdrawal from drug use.
Alcohol Awareness raises awareness about the impact of alcohol abuse on individuals and others. You will learn about the strength of different alcoholic drinks, the causes of excessive use of alcohol and will also learn about agencies that can help and support those abusing alcohol.
You will work in our IT workshop and study the units that make up this award, which could be two whole days or split over a few days. Days and times to suit your personal commitments, and the learning is taken at your own pace and complete the assessment once you feel ready.
Individuals who successfully complete this course will gain a nationally recognised qualification which is beneficial for all working environments.
This course is particularly beneficial for anyone (19+) who are seeking employment or who wants to update their knowledge to be compliant in the workplace.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During this online course, you will use the online programme to develop your knowledge and understanding of the following topics:
1) The differences between various types of drugs.
2) Causes of drug misuse.
3) Physical and psychological effects of drug misuse and the impact that drug misuse may have on others.
4) Health issues associated with drug misuse.
5) Effects of withdrawing from drugs.
6) Agencies offering help and information on drug misuse.
7) Differences in alcohol unit strengths.
8) Health issues associated with alcohol misuse.
9) Effects of alcohol misuse.
10) Agencies offering help and information about alcohol misuse.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however, a reasonable level of literacy is expected. For example, you can write and speak to make yourself understood. If you have any concerns regarding your literacy level, please contact us.

How you will be assessed

You will complete short mock tests after each unit and when you are confident, and following discussion with your tutor, you will then complete the multiple-choice online exam.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £65.00

Additional Costs

You will not be required to pay a fee for this course if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, JSA or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance Work-Related Action Group) or low waged. You will need to provide evidence of your benefits on the application form.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

On completion of this award, your tutor will be able to provide advice and guidance on other online courses or classroom-based programmes e.g. recognising and safeguarding against knife crime, terrorism awareness and Awareness of protection and safeguarding in health and social care and adults and young people, early years and childcare Award level 1. Alternatively, you might consider CV writing, interview skills, customer service skills and other short vocational programmes that the City Skills Centre offer.
This qualification will support individuals to gain employment by improving their confidence by gaining new skills and qualifications.
For more detailed advice and guidance about future steps, you can make an appointment with one of our qualified careers advisers who can support you to find the most suitable career path for you and to make the most of your skills and qualifications.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.
For applications via JCP, please ask your JCP Work Coach to refer you to this programme. Subject to individual eligibility and type of benefit, the vast majority of courses are free to people in receipt of an employment-related benefit (JSA).

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