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Level 3 Adult Care - Substance Misuse Sector

Who is it for?

To achieve this qualification you will currently be working as a lead adult care worker, support worker or key worker in a range of Adult Care settings in England and have regular contact with substance misusers, you will be in a role such as probation, social services, health services, teachers, police and will want to increase your level of competence around working with substrance misusers.

They are also relevant to those working within specialist substance misuse services either with adults or children and young people. These services may be statutory or voluntary and will usually have Service Level Agreements with local Drug Action Teams (DATs), Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) or Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs).

This qualification allows you to learn, develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in Adult Care within a role which has some autonomy, delegated responsibility and where there may be a need for supervision of others.

What topics does the qualification cover?

The content of the mandatory units covers person centred approaches, communication, personal development, equality and inclusion, handling information, duty of care, responsibilities of the role, safeguarding, and, health, safety and wellbeing.

A range of optional units to choose from covers a variety of tasks and skills including:

  • Assessments, care planning and support for substance misusers
  • Detoxification programmes and medication
  • Working with children who are substance misusers
  • Developing and implementing substance abuse policy.

Programme structure

You will provide evidence of your work practice, including completing assignments, case studies, written accounts and providing work products. Evidence is uploaded to an e-portfolio which is available 24/7 on computers, tablets and mobile devices.

An Open University assessor will observe work-based practice on at least one occasion, assess evidence uploaded to the e-portfolio and provide developmental feedback.

You will have access through VQLearner Home to online resources specific to your qualification and links to suggested further study with the Open University.

Support will be provided throughout the qualification by the VQAC Learner Support Team.

Course Summary


18 months

Credit Value

58 credits

Total Qualification Time

580 hours



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