Level 2 Medication Handling and Administration

To give the course it's full name - it's the Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Medication and Handling and Administration for Care Settings.

This Level 2 Certificate is part of our portfolio of funded Highfield qualifications. Highfield is registered by OfQual to award recognised qualifications under the Regulated Qualification Framework so care settings can be absolutely confident that this qualification is genuine and will be accepted by the relevant regulatory bodies and across the Health and Social Care sector and beyond. However, you don't have to take our word for it - the Government also back this course, with funding available under the Skills for Care programme - so employers will be able to claim back the cost of this course upon successful completion.

We deliver this qualification, predominantly using distance learning techniques from our base in Redditch. We are therefore ideally situated to support care settings and their carers in Birmingham, Solihull and the surrounding West Midlands should learners struggle with the disciplines of remote learning. We can arrange classroom sessions and face to face support with our helpful and knowledgeable tutors - this may well be the difference between success and dropping out. For those who don't have their own transport, our premises are conveniently situated a short walk from Redditch train station.

The objective of this qualification is to support a role in the workplace, specifically for learners in care roles where they are likely to be handling and administering medication. This qualification can be taken by learners preparing to enter employment or by those who are already in employment in a care role and wish to develop specialist knowledge in relation to medication handling and administration.

This is a knowledge-only qualification that provides underpinning knowledge and understanding in relation to medication types and processes, principles of handling medication and principles of administering medication.

Please note - this is a knowledge only based qualification - completing it does not qualify the learner to dispense medication.

This qualification is designed for

  • Adult care worker
  • Healthcare assistant/support worker
  • Personal assistant
  • Health care worker just beginning their care in the health and social care sector

All learners must be at least 16 years old.

Level 2 Medication Handling and Administration

Course Structure
This qualification will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence. The learner will be assigned a personal assessor who will help guide them through the learning criteria for this qualification, delivered as a distance learning qualification.

Learners will be required to undertake personal research and complete assignments in line with the qualification criteria. Work is submitted through building a portfolio of evidence which is submitted in a variety of ways including

  • Telephone appointments with your assessor
  • Written submissions usually sent by email
  • Completing an E-portfolio where requested.

There are no exams required to pass this qualification and we do not require an observation of the learner in practice.

Duration of the Course
The duration of the qualification depends on whether you have had prior learning or prior achievements, as this may reduce the time spent preparing for the assessment. However, the total time for this qualification is 145 hours. 120 of these hours are recommended as guided learning hours. This equates to approximately a one month timescale but is dependent on a learner being engaged in their studies, submitting evidence to match the learning criteria usually on a weekly basis.

This qualification attracts funding from government pathways. Once a learner completes the qualification, an employer is able to recover all the cost outlay plus any incidentals relating to the learning. Step Up Training and Care will assist employers with the reclaim paperwork. Turnaround for payment is approximately 10 days from submitting a claim.

Course Content
Learners must achieve all the following mandatory units

  • Introduction to medication types and processes
  • Introduction to the principle of handling medication
  • Introduction to the principle of administering medication