NCFE Award in
Alcohol Awareness Level 1 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5

A detailed introduction to some of the key issues surrounding alcohol use.


Why take this course?

Alcohol misuse costs the UK around £21 billion in healthcare and crime every year. This varies from young people who overindulge on a night out and end up in hospital, to older people who are alcohol dependent or alcoholics.

Have you ever thought about how you could make a difference? This course is designed to help raise awareness around alcohol misuse.

This course is best suited for learners aged 16 and above. The qualification is accredited by the NCFE — a national awarding organisation. For more information please visit the NCFE website.

What you will experience

This qualification consists of one mandatory unit: Introduction to Alcohol Awareness for the Individual. It provides an introduction to some of the issues surrounding alcohol use. Raising awareness of these issues will help give people the basic knowledge needed to support their lifestyle and wellbeing and promote healthy choices.

The unit is split into six manageable sections:

  • Section 1: Alcohol unit strengths
  • Section 2: Alcohol misuse
  • Section 3: Effects of alcohol misuse
  • Section 4: Health issues
  • Section 5: Withdrawing from alcohol
  • Section 6: Help and information

To achieve the NCFE Award in Alcohol Awareness (Level 1) you will be required to successfully complete the mandatory unit. Course work will be internally and externally moderated, but there is no end test.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, with a basic level of tutor support.

Subject area

What you will need

You must have access to a PC and broadband in order to study this course. 

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by email but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. You must be able to study independently through the course materials.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
30 Hours over 6 Months £131.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.