Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Part-time: 1 – 2 years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development

  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    Flexible – please discuss options with CPD team

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

This course provides detailed knowledge relating to policy, theory and practice essential for the delivery of effective services to those presenting with alcohol and other drug issues. The programme is intended to be of interest to existing alcohol and/or other drug misuse practitioners, those considering a career in the alcohol and other drug misuse field. The programme is designed specifically to provide an opportunity for participants to work towards a designated qualification in ‘Substance Misuse’ at postgraduate level which will map directly to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) professional standards and the Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS).




Entry Requirements

This award is available for all practitioners in the field of social work or social care and will form part of their employer’s commitment to CPD alongside their own registration requirements with professional regulators.

There is a standard benchmark of a first degree at 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, but non-standard entrants with suitable experience in social care and evidence of recent study will be considered.

International applications must have an IELTS score of a minimum of 7.0.

Applicants will normally be practitioners in an area of social care or social work.

Programme at a Glance

This course comprises of 3 modules. It is recommended that modules be completed in the order shown below. However, this can be flexible if required. You must complete all modules within 1 - 2 academic years.

September Intake - Substance Misuse: Assessing Prevalence and Evaluating Policy (SW4723)

January Intake - Substance Misuse: Interventions and Treatments (NU4078)

May Intake - Substance Misuse: Social Impact and Practitioner Responses (SW4722)


Certain modules within this course may have DBS clearance requirements.



Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 9 November 2017

Further Information

The course will: 

  • Enable students to critically reflect on and review their professional development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery in substance misuse settings
  • Provide learning opportunities for students to critically reflect on complex challenges, current issues and new evidence-based practice research relating to substance misuse
  • Develop and enhance students’ capacity for critically evaluating key theoretical knowledge, law and policy in relation to substance misuse
  • Provide learning opportunities for students to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex situations associated with substance misuse allied social care and public health practice
  • Enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

To study towards this PGCert award, you can apply either on a course basis or individual modular basis.

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

For further details about the course and module options please contact:
Mike Blackmon, Course Leader
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893466


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Professional Accreditation

CPD Endorsement by The College of Social Work September 2014 

Learning Environment and Assessment

Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.

Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.

Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.

The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.

A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.



Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.

On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit


Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

For further details about the course and module options please contact:

Mike Blackmon, Course Leader
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893466