This module is aimed at students who would like to develop their knowledge of alcohol and other drugs. Within Social Care there is an increasing awareness of the potentially detrimental impact on individuals and their families of problematic substance use but practitioners report feeling unskilled in their assessment of and response to problematic use.
A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
This course will run over 12 weeks, usually consisting of weekly 3-hour lectures plus self-directed study time.
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This module is aimed at candidates who are interested in the understanding of and development of good practice with people using alcohol and other drugs.
All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.
This module aims to enable the candidate to explore the complex issues relating to substance misuse with a specific emphasis on a holistic approach to assessment and response. Students will explore substance misuse in a political, legislative, societal and individual context.
This course will cover the following areas:
- Contemporary drug and alcohol strategies in England and Wales.
- Law and policy as it relates to alcohol and other drugs.
- Service user and family perspectives and experiences.
- The impact of substance misuse on families, with reference to individuals, parents and the children of substance misusing parents.
- The evidence base and theoretical framework for assessment of, and response to incidents of substance misuse.
- Using life course developmental theories to analyse the context of substance misuse.
- Approaches to the treatment of substance misuse.
- Consideration of service provision from tier one to tier four.
- The impact of substance misuse on criminality (including domestic and family violence), mental and physical health problems, parenting, social exclusion, poverty and unemployment.
- The role of collaboration and multi-professional working.
- Substances - what they look like, how they are commonly used, how much they cost, the effects of use and withdrawal.
- An exploration of value bases and cultural attitudes towards substance misuse.
20 Credit Module at Level 7
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Portfolio and Presentation
Learning outcome & aims
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Critically explore the legislative and political context of substance misuse.
- Critically appraise the prevalence and impact of problematic drug and alcohol misuse on individuals, families, communities and society.
- Critically evaluate the ways in which dominant theories of substance misuse and interventions influence practice in this field.
- Critically examine the complexity of a holistic assessment and response to incidents of substance misuse with reference to current research.
- Critically analyse the impact of personal, professional and societal values on service provision.
Industry links & professional accreditation
The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used towards requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
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Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
Non-standard part-time fees: £725 per 20 credit module 2018/19 or 2019/20
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply
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 module or application process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408