Is this the course for you?
The NHS spent more than £13 billion on medicines in 2017 and experts believe that more than 50% of all medication is prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately every single year. Furthermore, half of all patients in the UK fail to take their medication correctly. These facts can often lead to disastrous consequences, especially when medication ends up in the wrong hands. That's what makes this course such a worthwhile and sought-after qualification.
By completing this course, you will not only gain a nationally recognised qualification, but will also develop and improve your knowledge and skills in the handling of medication in health and social care.
Whether you are looking to take your first steps towards a rewarding career in the healthcare sector, are currently in a caring role where you are required to handle medication, or would like to develop specialist skills in order to progress in your career, this course is the perfect place to start.
This is an online course taught over 4-8 weeks, meaning you can choose when and where you study. It offers you the flexibility to fit your studies around your existing work, training, or home-life commitments, whilst achieving agreed deadlines set by you and your tutor.
What modules will you do?
You will study the following units:
- Unit 1: Understand 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 do you need to apply?
4 GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) at grade D or 3 or above, or Level 1 vocational qualification, or Level 1 qualification in English.
Additional Information: If you do not hold a suitable Level 1 qualification, or cannot provide evidence of one, you may still be able to enrol on this course following an initial assessment to test your level of literacy in English.
How will you be assessed?
This course can be completed fully online, or via paper-based learning. Both options are assessed via online tests and assessments.
Where can this course take you?
This course is suitable for you if you are already working in the health or social care sector, are looking to find employment in a caring-based role, or want to upskill for your current position. It can also give you the opportunity to increase your career options through further study.
After successfully passing the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care, you may wish to consider progressing on to one of the following Level 3 courses:
- Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Health and Social Care (BTEC)
- Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (City and Guilds)
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (BTEC)