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This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners who wish to develop their understanding of the safe handling of medication in a health and/or social care context. These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progress to further qualifications or employment within the health and social care sector.

Entry Requirements

You don’t need to have any specific prior learning requirements to take this qualification, but you may find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification within the Health and Social Care area.

Dates and Times

We are hoping to run this course again in Autumn 2017.

Course Content

This is a QCF qualification with the following mandatory units:

  • Understand medication and prescriptions
  • This unit provides an introduction to the many types of medicines learners are likely to encounter in a work environment. It introduces some of the legislation about medication and sources of information and guidance.

  • Supply, storage and disposal of medication
  • This unit provides learners with an understanding of the requirements for safe handing, storage and disposal of medication and the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to these procedures.

  • Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication
  • This unit will provide learners with an understanding of the safe administration of medication. It covers the process, routes and methods of administration and some of the more common side-effects and adverse reactions to medication.

  • Record-keeping and audit processes for medication administration and storage
  • This unit provides an opportunity for learners to develop an understanding of the audit process, the records that must be maintained regarding the administration of medicines and issues of accountability, responsibility and confidentiality.

    How You Can Progress

    This qualification supports progression to employment and progression within employment for job roles within the Health & Social Care industry. Learners may also consider progression to further learning in the industry such as: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Infection control



    Courses costing more than £100 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770400.

    Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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