Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines


This course is designed for those who wish to develop their understanding of the safe handling of medicines whilst working within a care environment. These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progress to further qualifications or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other programmes.




40 hours minimum



Entry Requirements

It would be beneficial to be working in a care home or similar to relate your theory to practice.

Course Content

The qualification aims to help learners develop:

• A general understanding of different types of medication and their use.

• Knowledge of the procedures for obtaining, storing, administration and disposal of medicines.

• An understanding of legislation and the audit process related to medication and issues of responsibility and accountability.


This course can be studied from home with assessments posted in for marking and feedback by your tutor.

Additional funding information

Eligible for FEE Waiver; ITA Scotland

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