Level 2 Award in Understanding Substance Misuse


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Entry requirements

No previous training or experience is required to undertake this qualification but please read section 5 of the Specification for further information.


This qualification is eligible for funding in England under local flexibility arrangements.

Candidates in England may also be able to access funding according to individual entitlement criteria (e.g. related to age and/or employment status and/or prior qualifications).

For more detail see funding information.

At a glance information

Qualification Number
Guided Learning Hours
30 hours (minimum)
Total Qualification Time
58 hours
Credit value
Minimum age
16 years


USM-L2 is a stand-alone qualification. However, progression is available to Level 2 or Level 3 National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in Health & Social Care (H&SC), and/or level 2 counselling skills qualifications and/or level 3 substance misuse qualifications.