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Level 4 Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse

Qualification fee and dates

Registration close date  Start date End date Fee
15th December 2017 15th February 2018 15th February 2019 £1550


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 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 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, for more information on the requirements...

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

Optional units

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

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 Centre.

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

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