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Responding to Alcohol and Drug Use (Yr 1 of 3) (Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdSc))

Care & Health

Course Overview

This academic level 5 course is for those working in a variety of settings supporting individuals who misuse alcohol and/or drugs. The diversity of modules is aimed at enhancing the student’s depth and breadth of knowledge and skills, enabling him/her to provide effective and evidence-based support. The course also aims to help students develop an understanding of personal, professional, ethical and legal issues that may affect practice and to foster personal and professional development in terms of reflective practice and self-awareness. The course is completed over 3 academic years, with exit award Certificate in Higher Education possible after 18 months. The modules include: Impact of Substance Misuse on Health & Well-being, Recognition of Drug & Alcohol Use, Legal and Ethical Issues in Drugs and Alcohol, Screening, Assessment and Support Planning, Therapeutic Interventions for substance use, Harm Reduction Strategies, Evidence Based Practice, Effective Helping Relationships, Work Based Learning, Hidden Harm and Mental Health.Each student must have Access NI clearance for 240 hours of Work Based learning and be deemed ‘placement ready’ by the College.
  • Start Date
    1 Sep 2023
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Ulster University Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdSc) Responding to Alcohol and Drug Use (Yr 1 of 3)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Awarding Body
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Course Modules

  • The Impact of Substance Use on Health
  • Recognition of Drug & Alcohol Misuse
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Alcohol and Drugs
  • Screening, Assessment and Support Planning
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Substance Misuse
  • Harm Reduction Strategies
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Effective helping relationships in drug and alcohol misuse
  • Work Based Learning
  • Hidden Harm
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The initial offer standard may vary from year to year. APEL / APL applications should be submitted by end of May in the year of application prior to admission to the course. To satisfy the minimum General Entry Requirements applicants must: (a) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); and (b) have attained passes in four different subjects, of which one should be at GCE Advanced (A) level and three at GCSE level (grades A, B or C) or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification. Note: vocational qualifications from some awarding bodies are not accepted by the university.UCAS Tariff – 16 points. Applicants must also provide satisfactory ACCESSNI Enhanced Disclosure at commencement of the course.In the event of the course being oversubscribed, interviews may be used for the purpose of selection.

Work Placement

240 hours of Work Based Learning is required in Year 3 Semester 1 and 2.

Fee Information

  • Additional Fees
  • Field Trips - Work Based Learning Year 3
  • Kits - Work Based Learning Year 3
  • Materials -

What's Next?

Further Study

This course is ideal for students who are keen to move directly into employment in the area of alcohol and drug use within statutory and/or community organisations, or those who wish to progress to further study at University. Course content provides learners with relevant up to date knowledge and understanding of the core skills and values to pursue a career in this area. On successful completion students may use this qualification to apply for entry to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing at Ulster University.

Career Prospects

Previous graduates have gained employment in the housing and homelessness sector and in working with young people.


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