This course is aimed at those in the health care sector and covers prescriptions, the supply, storage and disposal of medication and the safe administration of medication, including record-keeping and the audit processes.


  • Description

    This qualification is designed for those who wish to develop their understanding of the safe handling of medicines.

    students are required to successfully complete four mandatory units.

    • Unit 01 Understand medication and prescriptions (three credits)
    • Unit 02 Supply, storage and disposal of medication (three credits)
    • Unit 03 Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication (five credits)
    • Unit 04 Record-keeping and audit processes for medication (four credits)
  • Entry Requirements

    You will be issued with an Induction Workbook during your first discussion with your tutor; this workbook will determine whether you are suitable for the course. No specific prior learning requirements, although beneficial to have already achieved a Level 1 qualification in a health or health and social care related area. Anyone interested in working or already working in care would benefit from this course.

    Ages 24+: Our L2 Distance Learning qualifications are free to EU/UK Nationals regardless of previous qualifications.

    Ages 19 to 23 are eligible for free courses if they have already achieved a full L2 qualification or equivalent. Please contact us for clarification.

    Ages 19 to 23 who have not already achieved a full L2 qualification may be subject to costs. Please contact us for clarification.

  • Qualification

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

  • Progression

    Other courses available are Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions, Mental Health Awareness level 2. Principles of working with individuals with learning disabilities level 2. Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social care level 2. Nutrition and Health level 2. Principles of Dementia Care level 2. Understanding the care and management of Diabetes level 2. Prevention and control of Infection level 2. Equality and Diversity.

  • Assessment

    This course is distance learning. Assessment is by successful completion of all units in the workbook supplied which is then internally and externally moderated before certification.

  • Home Study

    Approximately 140 hours study. No lessons but there is support from the specialist tutor available if required. Study will be home-based and at the student's discretion within the timeframe stipulated by tutor.

  • Work Placement

    Students do not have to be in current work in this sector.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Our Level 2 Distance Learning courses are available for FREE to UK/EU nationals aged 19 and over.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
CL2UHMHSC 202101 Flexible Start - £0

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.