Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 7

CAO/PAC code :

CAO Points :

This course focuses on introducing participants to current debates on addiction.  On completion, participants will have become familiar with contemporary addiction theory as well as prevention and treatment strategies.  They will have explored associated issues such as public policy, factual information on substance misuse, gender issues and community drug prevention to name but a few. 


The NUI Cert. in Addiction Studies will be held on our Maynooth Campus Tuesday Evenings 7.00-10.00pm  The duration of the course is 100 hours.  Students will attend 1 evening per week for a 3 hour facilitated workshop/tutorial.  Students will also attend 3/4 Saturdays over the duration of the course. For assessment purposes, students are expected to have at least a 85% minimum attendance, complete a Learning Journal and complete Essays & Project work.


Module 1 Groupwork & Facilitation Skills/Reflective Learning

Module 2 Substance Misuse and Dependence

Module 3 Drug & Alcohol Misuse in Contemporary Ireland

Module 4 Approaches to Prevention Treatment & Rehabilitation

Course Duration: 100 hours part-time over one year which may include 3 - 4 Saturdays.

The NUI Certificate in Addiction Studies is a standalone qualification however it also the first part of the Diploma in Addiction Studies (Level 8).  Credits from both the Certificate and the Diploma in Addiction Studies can be used for Recognition of Prior Learning to go towards the Degree in Community Studies. Our addiction studies courses have been found to benefit and inform the work practices of people working in the areas of Criminal Justice, Health, Addiction and Alcohol Services and the Community sector.

The Cert. in Addiction studies when combined with the NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7) plus the Certificate Equality Studies (On Line) forms part of the Diploma in Arts: Training and Development for Socially Inclusive Workplaces. This suite of CPD courses provide a comprehensive educational/training package in core skills such as managing issues of equality and diversity in the workplace for Team Leaders, Managers and Learning and Development Specialists.



International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Participants need to be 21 years of age or over on 1st January of the year in which the course commences. As courses are delivered in keeping with adult education practice, participants will be expected to: be willing to engage with group activities and group learning; be willing to learn through dialogue and reflection on experience; have a level of literacy that is sufficient to complete the assessment requirements.

Additional Information

Admission Requirements

 Participants must be 21 years of age or over; it is preferable that applicants have:

Experience of working in a community setting.

Experience of working with alcohol and/or drug-related problems.

Openness to reflect on one’s own practice, attitudes and beliefs.

Commitment to learning in a group setting.

Please Note: All applicants are required to submit a short essay (approx. 300–500 words) describing their reasons for applying for the course.  Applicants who apply to On Line venues should complete this essay in the Personal Statement section. On Campus Start Date: 4 October.  Please contact Local venues for their Start Dates and Times.


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