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Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Alcohol and Substance Misuse Specialism)

Qualification fee and dates

Registration close date   Start date End date  Fee
15th December 2017 15th February 2018 15th August 2019 £2200

We are hoping to offer a revised version of this vocational qualification in 2018.

Registration dates and fees will be updated once this has been finalised.


Size of qualification

This Level 3 Diploma qualification has a minimum credit value of 58

The Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care (Alcohol and Substance Misuse) Qualification Structure information page will show how to achieve these credits through a combination of mandatory and optional credits.

To register

To register for this qualification you need to complete a registration agreement form. This will prompt you to consider all the aspects involved in undertaking a supported distance learning qualification and to seek permission from your organisation to collect evidence in the workplace. To find out more about registering please click here ‘How to Register’

Supported distance learning

To achieve this Level 3 Diploma you will work through a series of ten modules. Each module is structured with set activities to enable you to:

  • Gather evidence for the qualification
  • Receive guidance on how to present your evidence
  • Understand how to use the eportfolio system

You will have access through VQLearner Home to online resources and other Open University courses to help you develop knowledge and understanding for the qualification. You will also receive support from the VQAC Learner Support Team and your allocated assessor.

How long will it take?

When you register, you will see that your qualification has a stated end date. You can complete your qualification sooner than the end date if you are able to submit work regularly and at a good pace.

If you do not complete your registered qualification by the stated end date you may be able to apply for an extension which will incur additional fees

Qualification content and how it is assessed

The majority of credit in this diploma (28 credits) is included in the nine mandatory units detailed in Group A.
A minimum of three credits and a maximum of seven credits must be achieved from optional units in Group B.
A minimum of 27 credits must be taken from the optional units in Group C.
The combined credits from Groups B and C must total at least 30 credits.
Each unit in the diploma is split into learning outcomes with associated assessment criteria, for more information on the requirements...

Mandatory units

Group A:
The four shared core mandatory units cover the following topics:

  • Personal development
  • Communication
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Duty of care

The remaining five mandatory units cover the following topics:

  • Role of health and social care worker
  • Safeguarding of vulnerable adults
  • Person-centred support
  • Health and safety
  • Handling information

Optional units

Group B:
This group is made up of knowledge only units. The learner makes a choice from three units in this section.

Group C:
This group is made up of a variety of competence units enabling learners to select units most appropriate to their role. All the units available to the learner in this qualification have an Alcohol and Substance Misuse focus.

The qualification structure

Observation of your practice

This is an essential assessment component of the qualification and will be carried out in the workplace by an assessor. The observation will contribute to generating evidence for both the mandatory units and some of the optional units.

Expert Witness

As it may not be possible for your assessor to observe the full range of activities you perform in your role, we will ask you to provide details of an Expert Witness who may be asked to provide testimony about your work practice. For further details about the role of the Expert Witness please contact the VQ Assessment Centre.