This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of principles and practice of drugs awareness. No prior knowledge is required.
The objectives of the course are to:
Gain a better understanding of drugs in society and their use and misuse. The course is particularly suitable for people who may encounter drug related
Problems and wish to learn how to respond.
The course leads to the award of the Certificate in Drugs Awareness (Level 2) from OCNW, a leading UK awarding body recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of registration.
Assessment takes the form of a series of tutor marked activity questions, plus a multi-choice end test.
Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The course will take around 60 hours of study to complete.
• Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course
• Self-assessment activities
• Tutor support
• Assignment marking & feedback
The course is divided up into four modules, as follows:
Module 1: Introduction to drug use and misuse:
• History of drug use
• drug terms
• differences between depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens and tranquillisers
• potential effects that drugs have on individuals
• understanding of the law in relation to drugs
• effects of drugs in the work place
• statistics relating to drug us
Module 2: Dealing with other substances:
• Compare the differences between different types of volatile substances
• understand the potential effects that volatile substances can have on individuals
Module 3: Levels of drug use, risks, and harm reduction:
• Understand the different levels of drug dependency
• stages of changing behaviour
• methods of harm reduction, including experimental, recreation, dependency, the cycle of change, harm reduction
Module 4: Types of treatment interventions available:
• Understand what types of treatment interventions are available
• identify national contacts which provide advice and information