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NCFE level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care (QCF)

Key course information

Health, Care and Early Years


16 weeks

Part time

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Course Overview

This course is ideal for you if you wish to progress in the health and social care industry or wish to start a new career within it. There are 4 units in this course, to achieve this certificate you need to be able to demonstrate your understanding of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units by completing a portfolio. You are required to successfully complete the following 4 mandatory units:Understand medication and prescriptions.- Supply, storage and disposal of medication. - Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication. - Record-keeping and audit processes for medicationDo not fear though, if you’re not successful you can resubmit work within the registration period.

What will I learn?

This qualification aims to help you develop:

- A general understanding of different types of medication and their use.
- Knowledge of the procedures for obtaining, string, administering and disposing of medication.
- An understanding of legislation and the audit process related to medication and issues of responsibility and accountability.
- An understanding of the record keeping process for medication.

The objectives of this qualification is to prepare you for further training and to support in the workplace.

Entry Requirements

- Learners should be over the age of 19 at the start of the academic year.
- Learners need to have been a resident in the UK or EEA/EU for at least three years prior to enrolment.
- Learners cannot be enrolled if they are currently funded for another course.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

- This is a distance learning course. This means you do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a lecturer.
- You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit.
- You have 4 months to complete this course

Additional Costs and Information

You must complete an induction session prior to being enrolled onto the course.
This course is free however, we do have a £115 withdrawal charge if learners do not complete.
Learners can only complete one NCFE course at a time.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Health, Care and Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Worker
  • Social Worker

  • Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Children's Nurse

At any one time, there are over 80,000 social care vacancies in England

Researchers note babies may cry with the intonation of their mother tongue

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