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

  • STUDY MODE Part-Time

What will I do?

The course is designed for individuals wishing to increase their knowledge and understanding relating to the safe handling of medication within a health and social care setting. It aims to develop the learner’s understanding of the different types of medication and the requirements for the safe handling, storage and disposal of them.

The Certificate in the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care comprises of four units:

  • Unit 1 – Understanding medication and prescriptions
  • Unit 2 – Supply, storage and disposal of medication
  • Unit 3 – Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication
  • Unit 4 – Record keeping and audit processes for medication

What's next?

By undertaking this course, you will gain formal recognition by obtaining a nationally recognised qualification. This will enable you to further your own continuous professional development, which could support you in improving your career prospects. You can also progress onto further qualifications.

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Is it for me?

Are you working in a health and social care setting such as a care home or hospital, and are you looking to improve your own continuous professional development? Then this course will be ideal for you to feel confident and demonstrate your ability to handle medicines safely.



  • Levels available 2
  • Start Date Various
  • Course Ref A235-1/2
  • Location Off Site Activity (Distance Learning)
  • Fees
  • 19 - 23 £ 0.00
  • 24+ £ 0.00
  • Overseas £ 800.00

The course duration is 10 weeks and requires three to four hours of study per week. Course start dates are flexible, but learners are expected to successfully complete the programme of study within the allocated timescale.

Learners will receive a nationally recognised qualification by successfully completing this course. The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care is awarded by NCFE.

The course requires two assessments to be completed and passed to achieve the qualification. Students are allocated a tutor who will mark their assessments and can be contacted by telephone or email if required.

Eligible candidates for this course must have recent or current experience of dispensing medication within a health or social care environment.

Students must be at least 19 years of age to enrol for the course.

Applicants aged 19-23 are eligible if they have already achieved a full Level 2 qualification or equivalent. Please contact us for clarification if required.

Applicants aged 24+ do not require any prior academic qualifications, but need a reasonable level of English language ability in order to complete a distance learning course.

Applicants must have lived in the EU for the last three years, currently reside in England, with a postcode outside of Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands. Please contact providers in your local area for alternative options.


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