Certificate of Higher Education Substance Misuse

L4 Level 4
Full Time
11 September 2023 — 24 May 2024
Barry Campus

About this course

The course aims to develop the knowledge and understanding required to work within the domains of 
Health and Social Care and of the link between Mental Health and Substance use. Students will also:

  • Develop an understanding and knowledge appropriate to the changing demands and context of health and social care activity
  • Develop an understanding on how Health and Social Care links within the field of Substance Misuse
  • Be able to make a more informed and effective contribution to the delivery of health and social care through the development and understanding of appropriate skills and knowledge.
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of health and social policy on health and social care delivery
  • Be able to make an effective contribution to the development and improvement to services for the benefit of the users
  • Develop students' ability to relate knowledge and skills gained for solving problems and making appropriate decisions.
  • Gain a platform for continuing professional development and lifelong learning. 

The course supports students in empowering people to tackle problems caused by substance misuse. The focus is on your academic development in:

  • Understanding why people take drugs, how people take drugs, how they are misused and the effects of different drugs
  • Increased awareness of the issues surrounding alcohol misuse                          
  • Understanding of the consequences of alcohol use, alcohol dependence, relapse and withdrawal
  • Increase confidence in dealing with alcohol related issues and incidents

This course is run in partnership with the University of South Wales.

How to Apply: You apply for this course via UCAS.  The ‘Apply Now’ button will take you to the UCAS course page.
You will need the following details:
Course Code – HC04, Institution Code – C16, Campus Code - B, Campus Name – Barry Campus 
For further information visit Completing your UCAS application.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

  • Reflective Practice 
  • Interagency Working in Substance Misuse
  • Legislation and Policies in Substance Misuse
  • Current Issues in Substance Misuse
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
  • Addictions

Studying the programme will enable students to learn more about and understand:

  • Both harm reduction and abstinence interventions
  • National and local frameworks
  • Gain an opportunity to explore inter-personal skills required to work with this client group
  • Specialist and non-specialist agencies and effective partnership working
  • The help available locally for people and how to access services


The Barry Campus has been the popular base for the College for more than 50 years. This large site houses a huge range of facilities and there is also a busy canteen, shop and coffee shop on site for learners.

Students on this course will have access to a high specification Library and Skills Centre, a HE Study area, access to IT facilities, including Moodle VLE and a quiet study zone. 

Teaching and assessment

Students attend for 30 weeks a year on the full-time programme

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, group-work and discussion.

Assessment for the course will be based on written assignments, presentations, portfolios and practical assessment.

Course fee per year

Tuition Fees: £9,000.00

Entry requirements

Applications to the course will be considered on an individual basis.

Typical entry requirements are detailed below but if you don’t meet these criteria, then your work and life experience will be taken into consideration. Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis:

  • Typical A-Level Offer – CC in relevant subjects
  • Typical BTEC Offer – Extended National Diploma (MPP), Level 3 National Diploma (MM) in a relevant subject.
  • Typical Welsh Bacc Offer – Minimum grade C and one A Level, grade C in a relevant subject.
  • Typical Access to HE Offer - Achieve Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 15 with a Merit, 30 with a Pass.

Additionally, GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C/grade 4 or above to include Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent). A successful interview may also be a requirement for entry onto the course. CAVC will also consider applicants’ prior learning when considering their application on to the programme through Recognition of Prior Learning.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

11 September 2023

End date

24 May 2024

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

13 hours per week


Barry Campus
Maps & directions

Course code



Certificate of Higher Education Substance Misuse

Career prospects & further study

This qualification will enhance career prospects within the health and social care field, particularly working with voluntary agencies dealing with substance misuse and as advice workers in the Health and Social Care and Social Services.

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Barry Campus
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Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ