Administration of Medication PDA @ SCQF Level 7


You must be currently working in an area where you are supervised.  It is likely you work in a residential or hospital setting or in the community.  Gaining a qualification at this level (which is the same level as HNC or 1st year of a degree) is challenging, the majority of your learning will be online, with observation on your practical element at your workplace.

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This is an online programme starting and would be expected to take 18 weeks to work through the learning materials and practical elements.  You may be able to work your way through everything at a faster rate depending on your workplace and available time to study.

Entry Requirements

You must be currently working in an area where medication is administered/set up for those in the community.

You should be supported by your workplace to complete the required study and practical elements.

In your application for the course there is an area for a statement in support of your application.  Please use this space to say where you work and what role you have in your current workplace.  You should also say why you want to do this programme and what makes you suitable for consideration.  Please answer the supporting questions on your application as fully as possible. 

Information and Interview Session Requirements

For this course we will not be routinely offering interviews. Please ensure you complete your application and supporting information with as much information as possible to allow us to make a decision on your suitability for a place on the course. 

We may contact you by phone if we have further questions.

Course Content

The award consists of two units which are heavily integrated.  One is a practical SVQ and the other is a theoretical unit.


Likely to be one essay of around 2500 words and an observation of administration of medications.


You may wish to go on to study one of our appropriate HNC courses.  You may already have other qualifications which could lead you to apply to university.  You may be able to apply for promotion within your workplace or with another employer.

Career Prospects

Potential to become a grade 3 or grade 4 HCSW, Senior Carer or similar within the health and social care sector.

Additional funding information

The cost of this course is met by the Dumfries and Galloway College Fee Waiver.

Selling Points

A qualification at this level will mean you may help you gain promotion or employment in another agency.