Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication

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Level 2 knowledge based qualification; distance learning


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As a self-directed (distance learning) course, the programme can be completed at times and locations suited to the learner


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12 weeks


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Course overview:

The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care comprises four workbooks which cover the learning outcomes of the following units:

Unit 1 ~ Understand medication and prescriptions

Unit 2 ~ Supply Storage & disposal of medication

Unit 3 ~ Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication

Unit 4 ~ Record keeping and audit processes for medication


Each workbook contains activities and assessments designed to cover the specific learning outcomes.

Learners are provided with all the necessary workbooks to complete the programme and will have the opportunity to work through a series of reflective tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and test their knowledge.


What will I learn:

Learners gaining this qualification will be able to understand and demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:

  • their responsibilities within a health and social care context and the procedures they should follow when handling medicines
  • the various medicines they are likely to encounter in a work environment, covering how medication is supplied and administered, and the possible side effects
  • procedures for obtaining, storing and disposing of medicines and the legislation surrounding these three areas
  • the audit process and issues surrounding responsibility, accountability and confidentiality.

What does the course lead to:

This is a knowledge based course and by itself does not assure practical competency.

Having completed this qualification the learner, if appropriate to their job role and with the support of their manager, may progress to undertake practical competency assessments in their workplace which will enable them to administer medicines in a health & social setting.

They may also wish to complete a larger qualification such as the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care or to a full advanced apprenticeship or to work towards another qualification for continuing professional development, such as the certificate in end of life care.

How will I be assessed:

To pass this qualification, learners are required to complete two written assessment papers (one covering Units 1 & 2 and one for Units 3 & 4).

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