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FdA in Alcohol and Substance Misuse Work

Course Title: FdA in Alcohol and Substance Misuse Work Qualification: Foundation Degree
Level: Level 5 Course Code:
Academic year: 16/17 Location: Broad Oak Centre
Course Delivery: Full Time Awarding body: Liverpool John Moores University


The programme offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills across a range of frameworks, contexts and practices relating to substance misuse work. Central to the degree is an exploration of a variety of social, welfare, health and legal policy responses to an array of substance misuse issues and problems.

The foundation degree is a two year full-time vocational degree programme where practice is assessed alongside academic ability.

Employers have been supportive both in development and delivery of the degree ensuring that students gain exactly the skills needed in the workplace.

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Course Length

2 Years

Entry Requirements

We welcome and encourage applications from a wide spectrum of potential students who may offer a combination of awards and experience. All applications are considered on an individual basis. We will take into account your motivation, ability, industrial experience and educational background.

Examples of appropriate entry qualifications are:

  • At least 240 UCAS tariff points (please note from September 2017 that the UCAS points will be a minimum of 96 UCAS points)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 60 credits, of which at least 45 must be achieved at level 3 (from 2010, with merit or distinction) and with an appropriate combination of modules.
  • NVQ level 3 in relevant vocational areas.
  • Relevant work experience/ professional qualifications.

This list is not exhaustive.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, such as assignments, presentations, exams and seminars.


When you graduate, you will have improved your employment/promotion prospects in the areas of substance misuse work, such as drug rehabilitation, detoxification and care. The foundation degree can be topped-up to the BA (Hons) in Health and Applied Social Studies at this college.

How do I apply

Applications are submitted through


Year 1

  • Care assessment and planning
  • Drug and alcohol strategy and legislation
  • Sociology of health
  • Concepts and models of addiction
  • Professional practice and personal development planning
  • Introduction to research


Year 2

  • Independent Research Project
  • Harm reduction
  • Community involvement and engagement
  • Advanced professional practice
  • Prevention
  • Treatment and recovery

Key Information

Foundation degree students attend College for one day per week, usually afternoon and evening but should be aware that the course will also involve significant work-based and home study.

How much will the course cost me?

£6,000 per year

Course fees may apply. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan available. Please contact the Higher Education Office on 01254 354047 or email

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