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Level 4 Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse

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Qualification fee and dates

Registration close date  Start date End date Fee
15th March 2014 15th May 2014 15th May 2015 £1120
15th June 2014 15th August 2014 15th August 2015 £1120
15th September 2014 15th November 2014 15th November 2015 £1120
15th December 2014 15th February 2015 15th February 2016 £1120

Size of qualification

This Level 4 Certificate qualification has a minimum credit value of 18

The Level 4 Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse Qualification Structure Information page will show how a learner has to achieve these credits through a combination of mandatory and optional credits.

To register

To register for this qualification you need to complete a pre-registration assessment questionnaire and a registration agreement form. These 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 4 Certificate you will work through a series of eight 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 mandatory credit in this certificate (11 credits) is included in Units 009 and 025.

Each unit in this qualification is split into learning outcomes with associated assessment criteria.

Mandatory units

These units cover the following areas:

  • Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment - Unit 009
  • Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals who misuse substances – Unit 025

Observation of your practice in the workplace by your assessor is an essential assessment component of this qualification and will contribute to generating evidence for both the mandatory units and some of the optional units.

Optional units

The remaining seven credits have to be achieved by taking a number of optional units.

The qualification structure

Credit transfer

An added advantage of successfully achieving your Level 4 Certificate is that you will be able to apply to transfer credit points from this qualification towards The Open University BA/BSc degree.

You can find out more about this at