Substance Misuse: Social Impact and Practitioner Responses (SW4722) Short Course

Substance Misuse: Social Impact and Practitioner Responses (SW4722) Short Course
This module provides the learning opportunity to explore a range of issues relating to alcohol and other drugs and the impact on the individual and society.

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

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: Weekly 2 hour lecture (Wednesdays 4 – 6pm) for 15 weeks, plus self-directed study time.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

January (Bespoke options available)

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at those working with, or who have an academic interest in, individuals, families and communities affected by 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.

Course Content

Course Outline:
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. 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. Candidates will explore substance misuse in a political, legislative, societal and individual context and consider relevant occupational standards and capabilities to interventions in this field.

The module covers topics including:

  • 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.
  • The impact of substance misuse on criminality (including domestic, sexual and family violence), mental, physical and sexual health, parenting, social exclusion, poverty and unemployment.
  • Holistic and multi-agency responses to substance misuse.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Portfolio and short presentation

Academic Expertise

Fiona Harbin, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically appraise the impact of problematic drug and alcohol misuse on individuals, families, communities and society.
  • Critically reflect on the knowledge and skills required to work with the effects of substance misuse on society.
  • 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 to 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.

Graduate Careers

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.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:
Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Community Justice
Postgraduate Certificate in Substance Misuse

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit


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

Fees 2018/19: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

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 application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361