Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

Would you benefit from developing your knowledge and understanding of safe handling of medication in health and social care?

This course covers the different types of medication and what they are used for. You will also gain an understanding of how to store and dispose of medicines in a safe way, how to administer medicines safely and how to ensure that record keeping and audits are completed correctly.


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Unit 1: Understand medication and prescriptions

This unit will cover the different types of medication that individuals may encounter in the workplace, the classification of medication and sources of information and guidance.

Unit 2: Supply, storage and disposal of medication

You will gain an understanding of how to obtain, handle, store and dispose of medication correctly, as well as the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to these procedures.

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

This unit covers the administration of medication by looking at the process and common side effects, as well as how to follow procedures when problems occur and monitoring the effects of medication.

Unit 4: Record-keeping and audit processes for medication

You will develop an understanding of the audit process, including the records that must be maintained within the administration of medicines and issues of responsibility and confidentiality.

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 2 qualification
  • Access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Subject specialist support from a Tutor and access to a Learner Support Advisor for everyday queries
  • Funding available – speak to one of our team for more information and to see if you are eligible
  • Potential to progress on to one of our other End of Life Care training courses.
  • Key Information

    Course Length 8-12 weeks
    average course length
    Awarding Body TQUK
    Course Level Level 2
    Learning Method(s)

    Paper based
    learning materials
    with online assessment

    Paper based
    learning materials and
    paper based assessment







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    Most recent customer reviews

    Emma Willetts

    5 days ago

    "Fantastic."

    Emma decided to study this course in order to support her with going back into care work. She has found that the course has now helped her get a better understanding of various medications.

    'To help me go back into care work.'
    'Giving me a better understanding of various medications.'
    'Fantastic.'

    Howard Sartin

    2 weeks ago

    "The online learning resources were very good, as was the availability of the tutor support!"

    Howard has recently completed his course in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care. Since completing his course, Howard has gained a better understanding of the legal framework surrounding administration, and he has also improved when it comes to meeting deadlines.

    'I was interested in learning more about medication and the legal framework surrounding administration.'
    'Not previously being good at meeting deadlines, I found that having bite-size course modules helped to keep me on track. The feedback for completed assignments was very thorough.'
    'The online learning resources were very good, as was the availability of the tutor support and advice for correcting assignment submissions was clear and helpful.'

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