1Course Overview

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

Course code: OSC1200

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Boost your skills in handling medicine, from home!

CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) qualifications specialise in the care and education sector and are the leading industry specialists. This course has been developed by experts, which ensures everything that employers need is covered.  

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in the safe handling of medication, this CACHE Level 2 Certificate course is ideal for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in medication handling
  • Want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career in the care industry
  • Gain an understanding of the requirements for the administration of medication
  • Develop your knowledge in how medication is supplied, stored and disposed 
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification

What's more, you will now also gain FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 1 year on completion of your course!

20% off selected courses - Until 22nd January
2Course Content

Qualification Number: 501/0037/3

Unit 1: Understand Medication and Prescriptions

(Y/601/9571, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 23 Hours; Credits: 3)

  • Use of different types of medication
  • Understand how medicines are classified
  • Legislation and guidelines related to medication
  • The roles of self and others in the medication process
  • Accessing information about medication
Unit 2: Supply, Storage and Disposal of Medication

(K/601/9574, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 24 Hours; Credits 3)

  • How medicines are supplied and obtained
  • Requirements for storing medication
  • Requirements for the safe disposal of medication
Unit 3: Understand the Requirements for the Safe Administration of Medication

(T/601/9576, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 39 Hours; Credits 4)

  • Legislation and guidance in relation to administration of medicine
  • Preparation to be taken prior to administering medication
  • How medication is administered safely and in a way that meets individual needs
  • Supporting individuals to administer their own medication
  • The procedures to follow when there are problems with the administration of medication
  • Monitoring the effects of medication
Unit 4: Record-keeping and Audit Processes for Medication, Administration and Storage

(F/601/9578, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 24 Hours; Credits 3)

  • Audit process in relation to medication transactions and stock levels
  • How information is recorded, and confidentiality maintained
  • Own role in relation to accountability and responsibility
  • The importance of safeguarding individuals in relation to medication use
3Other Information
Assessment

This course is assessed by a series of assignments which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required, so you can complete all assessed work from home.

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 110 hours to complete. Students will receive a full year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

On completion of your studies, you will also gain access to the CACHE Alumni for up to 1 year. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE Sector, providing valuable resources and advice for professionals with a CACHE qualification.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted to you, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines.

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK's leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors, and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.

4Q&As

Course Questions & Answers

What are the requirements needed to enrol onto this course?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however you must be at least 18 years of age.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for a year after completion
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
Do I need to be working in a care role to enrol onto this course?

You do not need to be working to enrol onto this course as this is a knowledge only qualification.

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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