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NCFE Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines (QCF)
Level 2

Who Is It For?

This course is designed for learners aged 18 or over, who wish to develop their knowledge of the safe handling of medicines. It is ideal for those who are already employed in a health and social care context, who wish to study the programme as part of their own continuous professional development

Course Outline

The qualification aims to develop learners’ knowledge of the safe handling of medicines within a health and social care context. It provides an introduction to the various medicines learners are likely to encounter in a work environment, covering how medication is supplied and administered and the possible side effects. The programme explores the procedures for obtaining, storing and disposing of medicines and the legislation surrounding these three areas. It also emphasises the importance of the audit process and issues surrounding responsibility, accountability and confidentiality.

Course Content

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines comprises of four mandatory units.

Unit 01: Understand medication and prescriptions
(Credit value: 3) (Y/601/9571)
Unit 02: Supply, storage and disposal of medication
(Credit value: 3) (K/601/9574)
Unit 03: Understand the requirements for the safe
administration of medication
(Credit value: 4) (T/601/9576)
Unit 04: Record-keeping and audit processes for
medication administration and storage
(Credit value: 3) (F/601/9578)

Each unit contains activities and assessments designed to cover the specific learning outcomes.

Course delivery and assessment

Candidates will be provided with the course materials for the programme and will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and demonstrate their knowledge. The qualification is internally assessed, with the candidate completing a written assessment for each unit that demonstrates achievement of all learning outcomes.


Progression opportunities

By undertaking this programme, candidates will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects or progress on to further qualifications such as courses in health and social care or related subjects.



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