Drug Awareness

4 Day Course


Part one 18-19 March and Part Two 25-26 March 2017 (you must attend both parts)

4 days 10am-3.30pm each day

at Ruskin Hall Campus, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us: 01865 759798 or email  courses@ruskin.ac.uk

The AIM Awards Level 1 unit in Drug Awareness provides learners with an introduction to drug misuse and support available.

The course can be residential or non-residential.    

This course is accredited by AIM Awards who are regulated by OFQUAL.

This is a single unit course and aims to introduce learners to drug classification, and the impact of drug misuse on those linked to the drug user, the user’s own health and finally, issues associated with withdrawal from drug use.

This course will be delivered over four days, two weekends and students will be assessed entirely on written work done in class.

Drug Awareness will be taught by an experienced teacher who also works in the sector and has experience supporting drug users and their families.

On successful completion of this course students will be awarded an AIM Awards Level 1 Drug Awareness unit certificate.

This course will be:

Free for group A students

£25 per part (£50 total) for group B students

£50 per part (£100 total) for group C students

Group A students

Students receiving:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) including those receiving national insurance credits only;
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in a work-related activity group (WRAG);
  • Universal Credit and earning less than £330 per month and are in one of the following groups – All Work-Related Requirements Group, Work Preparation Group or Work-Focused Interview Group;
  • Other state benefits and earning less than £330 per month;

Or you are unemployed or employed and wish to progress to more stable employment, are earning less than £330 per month and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects.

Or you are 19-23 and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

Group B students

You are 19-23 and already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are 24 or older and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are not on benefits but are dependent on someone in receipt of benefits.

Group C students

All other students

All fees include tuition, learning resources/materials, accommodation and meals, except where specified. If you have genuine difficulty paying the fees then we may be able to help - please contact 01865 759798 or email courses@ruskin.ac.uk


Ordinarily you will need to be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been resident in a country within the EEA for 3 years, excluding Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  However, if you are a refugee or asylum seeker, please get in touch as you may be eligible for funding.


If your household income is less than £30,994 we may be able to provide support with childcare costs with a registered childminder whilst you attend the course.  Please ring 01865 759798 for more information.

Additional Learning Support

If you need additional support to help you study, please let us know. We can plan a programme of support for you to enable you to study successfully.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

There are no academic requirements for entry to the course.

To apply for this course please click Apply Now and we will get in touch. Alternatively you can ring the Further Education office on 01865 759798. You can also email us at courses@ruskin.ac.uk.

“There was an ethos of really good debate with real life examples,  I felt we learnt so much about the massive subject of addiction”

“as a parent of four girls I learnt so much, and the diversity of the group added to that”

The Drug Awareness course will be a useful starting point for students wishing to go on to Access to Social Studies or are considering a degree course in Social Work or a related subject.

The knowledge gained will be useful for anyone working or looking to find work in support jobs of any kind, for instance working with people recovering from addiction or with young people.