Access to HE Diploma in Practitioner in Substance Misuse

This course aims to provide students with a broad, evidence-based framework within which to develop their practice as skilled, creative, and competent drug and alcohol practitioners. It combines placement practice with classroom teaching.

This access to HE qualification is a nationally recognised Level 3 course designed to prepare learners to progress into degree-level study.

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Next Starting Date

  • 20th September 2023 to 29th May 2024 (36 weeks)
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Benefits for Individuals

Are you looking to improve your training in substance misuse and potentially progress with enough qualifications to undertake a degree at University in Social Work, Occupational Health, Mental Health, or similar?

EDAS is working alongside our local University to provide access routes for learners to undertake degree courses. Why don’t you be a part of something special and step on that learning ladder today?

Achievement of the qualification will contribute to the professional development needs of:

  • Specialist drug and alcohol workers
  • Generic workers who have a substance misuse function within their portfolio of responsibilities, for example, Social Workers, Youth Workers
  • Generic workers, who have occasional substance misuse functions, for example, Prison Officers, Teachers, Probation Officers.

Why study for this Award?

The need to have a competent and motivated workforce, delivering evidence-based treatments is central to maintaining the delivery of a successful and efficient treatment system. Therefore, this course is a skills framework that is a recovery-orientated model of drug and alcohol treatment which shows clear evidence to National Occupational Standards (DANOS), Health and Social Care Suite (HSC), and NICE clinical guidance.

Placement Practice 

This course offers classroom lessons combined with practical placement. EDAS is in a position to offer a number of part-time work placements. Students can also arrange their own placement at their own place of work, or an alternative agency if they so wish.

Progression & Career Opportunities

This professionally recognised qualification will provide you with a solid platform to apply for University degree* courses in Health and Social Care related subjects, as the placement aspect of the course will provide the applicant with hands-on experience in case management and clinical delivery.

*(GCSE Maths, English and Science Grade C and above are not a prerequisite for the Access Diploma Course with EDAS but they may be entry requirements for some degree courses at University).

Our Tutors

A large team of highly qualified tutors has been assembled, with the aim of providing a varied and systematic grounding in all issues related to drug/alcohol problems.

Alcoholism is a multifactorial and heterogeneous disorder with biopsychosocial components. The interplay between genetic, environmental, and psychiatric factors cannot be overemphasized. With this in mind, our tutors include doctors, counsellors, and psychologists.

A particular emphasis is given to exploring the nature of resistance and methods of facilitating change. The formal teaching component includes the complete practitioner’s basic training course in Motivational Interviewing followed by reflective practice and the full use of reflective practice transforms through into supervision.

All students will be provided with a comprehensive support structure, including a personal tutor, as well as clinical and group supervision.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for anyone interested in working with people with drug and alcohol problems. Highly suitable for those already working in the field, using current employment as placement experience.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to structure academic writing to a proficient standard.

All applicants must be 18 years or above.

How will I be assessed?

There are a number of assignments in the form of essays, reports, reflective reviews, and presentations.

Classes & Venue

One class a week, 36 total sessions (excluding Bank Holidays and Half Terms)

Classes take place at the EDAS ADAPT Learning Centre on Wednesdays 9:45am to 1:30pm.

54A Ashley Road, Parsktone, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9BN



Fees are payable in advance or in 3 monthly instalments of £400.

How to Apply

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