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Understanding Drugs

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Understanding Drugs to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This is a course specifically designed for the use of every concerned parent and non-expert involved in a variety of different settings including schools, universities, youth and adult groups. The sections cover a range of drug groups including alcohol, amphetamines, ecstasy, crack-cocaine, cannabis, heroin, LSD, over-the-counter and prescribed medicines.  Comprehensive information is given on the physical and psychological effects, overdose, dependence, legal status and ‘street’ names of drugs.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Not my Child
      • Ignorance
      • Becoming Aware
  • Lesson Two
    • Drugs Use Explained
      • Definition of ‘Drug’
      • Modern Trends
      • The Current Problem
      • Drugs – the Facts
  • Lesson Three
    • The Drugs and Their Effects
      • Amphetamines  
      • Cannabis
      • Cocaine
      • ‘XTC’ – Ecstasy
      • Heroin
      • LSD
      • Solvents
  • Lesson Four
    • Drug Education
      • Pressure
      • Prevention
  • Lesson Five
    • Drugs and Users
      • Important Terms
      • Stages of Drug Usage
      • Influencing Factors
      • Dependence
  • Lesson Six
    • Cannabis
    • Cocaine
    • Harm Reduction

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.