Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

This is a Distance Learning course, so there is no need to attend College.

This course will be delivered online or paper-based over 16 - 20 weeks. Guided learning hours: 120.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who wish to develop their understanding of the safe handling of medicines. You may wish to access this training with a view to progress on to further qualifications or study this programme to complement other programmes.

What does the course involve?

As part of the course you will study four mandatory units:

UNIT 1 - Understand medication and prescriptions

  • Section 1 Understand the use of different types of medication
  • Section 2 Understand how medicines are classified
  • Section 3 Understand legislation and guidelines related to medication
  • Section 4 Understand the roles of self and others in the medication process
  • Section 5 Know how to access information about medication

UNIT 2 - Supply, storage and disposal of medication

  • Section 1 Understand how medicines are supplied and obtained
  • Section 2 Know the requirements for storing medication
  • Section 3 Understand the requirements for the safe disposal of medication

UNIT 3 - Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication

  • Section 1 Understand the legislation and guidance in relation to administration of medication
  • Section 2 Understand the preparations to be taken prior to administering medication
  • Section 3 Understand how medication is administered safely and in away that meets individual needs
  • Section 4 Understand how to support individuals to administer their own medication
  • Section 5 Understand the procedures to follow when there are problems with the administration of medication
  • Section 6 Understand how the effects of medication are monitored

UNIT 4 - Record keeping and audit processes for medication

  • Section 1 Understand the audit process in relation to medication transactions and stock levels
  • Section 2 Understand how information is recorded and confidentially maintained
  • Section 3 Understand own role in relation to accountability and responsibility
  • Section 4 Understand the importance of safeguarding individuals in relation to medication use

Entry Requirements

  • Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/17
  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years
  • Must currently reside in England
  • Must have a full Level 2 qualification or above (i.e QCF Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2)


  • Unemployed and claiming benefits, and using the qualification to obtain work.

*An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the course.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessments are due at the end of each unit. Your tutor will assess your work and build up your portfolio of evidence of learning. A certificate will be awarded on satisfactory submission of evidence of learning for the units studied.

What are the College attendance requirements?

As a Distance Learning course, there is no need to attend College.

For further information or advice, please contact the Distance Learning team:
01823 366612

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