NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines

Our course code: X208

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With approximately 4-5% of UK hospital admissions caused by the incorrect use of medicines at an estimated cost of £466 million a year to the NHS, understanding how to handle medicines safely is crucial work anyone wishing to work in health and social care.

On this NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines, you will:

• Be introduced to the various medicines you are likely to encounter in a work environment
• Cover how medication is supplied and administered and the possible side effects
• Learn procedures for obtaining, storing and disposing of medicines and the legislation surrounding these three areas
• Learn about the importance of the audit process and issues surrounding responsibility, accountability and confidentiality.

This course is ideal for those who are already employed in a health and social care role, or those who wish to study the course as part of their own continuous professional development. You may also wish to access this training with a view to progress on to further qualifications or study this course to complement other programmes.

Please note: You won’t be able to start this course until 17/05/21. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

Gain insight of different types of medication, and the requirements for the safe handling, storage and disposal to them.

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  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X208
  • Qualification code: 501/0037/3

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

It will take you around 110 hours to complete this course.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You can enrol today but this course starts on 17/05/21. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts. You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of one year from your course start date


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this qualification, you will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE CACHE. Read more about NCFE CACHE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. You must also be at least 18 years old.

Course Content

1: Understand medication and prescriptions

In this unit, you’ll cover the different types of medication you may encounter in a health and social care environment, the different classification of medicines, as well as sources of information and guidance.

2: Supply, storage, and disposal of medication

In the second unit, you’ll learn how to store, obtain, handle, and dispose of medication correctly. You’ll also gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of staff during these procedures.

3: Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication

Next, you’ll take a look at common side effects of medication, and what procedures to follow when problems occur. You’ll also learn how to safely monitor the effects of medication after administration.

4: Record keeping and audit processes for medication administration and storage

Finally, you’ll gain an understanding of the records that must be maintained after medication is administered, the audit process, along with issues of confidentiality and responsibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!