Level 1 Substance Misuse Awareness (2010)

Please note that the last opportunity for assessment for this qualification is Summer 2021; after that, the qualification will be withdrawn. In 2020 and 2021 the assessment is available in Summer only.

CCEA Awards in Substance Misuse Awareness are available at Level 1 and Level 2. They allow learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of possible implications of the use of drugs and substances, both legal and illegal.

By taking the Level 1 qualification, learners can gain a basic understanding of the misuse of drugs and substances. This includes:

  • information related to alcohol intake;
  • problems related to tobacco use; and
  • the dangers associated with misuse of legal and illegal drugs.

They can research and identify the personal and social effects of using and misusing these drugs and substances, as well as exploring how society perceives them.

Learners produce a portfolio of evidence that shows how they meet all the assessment criteria. There is no examination or test.

There is one unit in this Level 1 qualification: Develop an Awareness of Substance Misuse.

Current Specification

First teaching: from December 2010
QAN: 600/0007/7
Total qualification time: 13
Guided learning hours: 13
Qualification level: 1
Subject Code: N/A

Skills developed through Substance Misuse Awareness

This specification builds upon the broad objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. In particular, it enables learners to develop as individuals and contributors to the economy, society and environment by providing opportunities to explore topics such as the misuse of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. They can also develop skills that will enhance employability through carrying out online research and exploring social issues. Learners may also choose to progress to the qualification at Level 2.

For more information on this specification contact:

Dorothee Wagner
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2218
Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235