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

Course Overview

The Level 2 Safe Handling of Medication online course covers an understanding of administering medication safely, how to store and dispose of medicines safely, and how to ensure that record keeping and audits are completed correctly. By completing this free online qualification with a certificate, learners will develop knowledge of safely handling medication, supporting progression onto further qualifications and advancement within the learner’s health and social care career path. This fully funded distance learning course is suitable for those who are 18 or over and wish to increase their knowledge and awareness of how to safely handle medication within a health and social care setting.

This course is equivalent to a level 5 in Scotland based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.

Key Information

Course Length
8 to 12 weeks

Course Level
Level 2

Awarding Body
(E-certificates upon achievement)

Learning Method(s)
Online materials
Online assessment

For Individuals


  • Fully online course
  • Study from anywhere, at any time
  • Gain an accredited level 2 qualification
  • Equivalent to a Scottish level 5 based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework
  • Nationally recognised
  • Access to an award-winning e-learning platform
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Unlimited support from qualified tutors
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion
  • No hidden costs

Cost and Funding Information

Course Price

Direct Debit

Funded Course
England and Scotland Only

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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 when developing your understanding of medication.

Unit 2: Logistical aspects of handling medication

You will gain an understanding of how to obtain, handle, store and dispose of medication and equipment correctly.

Unit 3: Understand how to administer and support individuals to self-administer 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: Legislation, guidance and audit processes for medication in health and social care settings

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.

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