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Course overview

This award supports you if you are a worker/carer working in health or social care by giving you an introduction to medicines management. 

You cover content identified in the Essential Skills Clusters from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2007) required for nursing students during the foundation year of the pre-registration nursing programme. The award meets the requirements for Skills for Care for assistant practitioner/support workers in the social care sector who may administer or assist clients with their medication. 


Course details

What you study

You gain the underpinning knowledge and practical skills for safe and effective administration of medicines. This includes development of numeracy skills relevant to the safe calculation of drugs and fluids, familiarity with drugs that are frequently prescribed for patients/clients and desired and untoward effects of drugs. You also examine policy and procedures required to safely administer drugs to patients/clients in your care including the underpinning legislation and relevant codes of professional practice.  

How you learn

Learning is strongly related to your work-based experiences through the process of interactive lectures, group work and practical skills activities in the skills laboratories.

There are two assessments. One formative assessment in the form of a workbook enabling you to identify your own personal and professional learning needs and develop knowledge and skills in relation to: 

  • drug policy and processes used in your practice setting 
  • classifications of drugs frequently used
  • knowledge of their effect/side effects
  • ability to calculate required doses 
  • determining specific requirements for safe administration of medicines.

The summative assessment is a practical simulation where you demonstrate safe practice during the simulated activity of preparing and administering medication and safe disposal of waste after administration. 


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have an NVQ 3 in Care.



Career opportunities

This award is a prerequisite if you have completed the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Practice at the University and wish to progress onto a pre-registration nursing programme in adult, mental health or learning disabilities.

Progression varies according to your Trust/service policy



2020/21 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:

  • Length: 1 day a week over 3 weeks
  • 10 Credits, Certificate Level
  • Enrolment date: November and June

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