Level 1 & 2 Medication Awareness

Healthcare workers must have the necessary knowledge before handling or administering medication.

Course Summary

If someone works within the health and social care sector, they will most likely have to handle or administer medication. It is paramount that this is completed correctly by following procedures to ensure the safety of yourself, colleagues and service users. Medication errors can be fatal to service users. Therefore healthcare workers must have the necessary knowledge before handling or administering medication.

During this course, the instructor will cover the administration of medicines, employer/ employees responsibilities, how a vast range of medicines must be stored, guidelines for administering medications, controlled drugs and oxygen, drug errors and the disposing of medicines. Additionally, for students to pass the Level 2 qualification, they must show competence in implementing understanding policies, procedures, competency checks and audits.


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Half Day.


de Carteret House, 7 Castle Street, St Helier, JE2 3BT This course is also available via distance learning.


  • Delegates’ obligations and that of their employer in regards to the documentation and the administration of medication
  • How different medicines should be stored
  • Other types of medicines and how they work
  • Knowledge of the typical adverse reactions
  • The seven guidelines for administration of medication
  • Controlled drugs and oxygen
  • Drug errors
  • Disposal of drugs.

To achieve Level 2, students must show competence in:

  • Implementing policies, procedures, competency checks and audits


A Level 1 or 2 national qualifications will be issued to the learner, subject to completing the test paper.


Multiple choice question paper and case study will be completed during the learning hours of the course.


A minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 12 students are allowed to enrol on this course. Students must be a minimum of 14 years of age. A certificate can be offered to all, subject to assessment.


Did You Know?

  • ‘ In a review of 91 direct observation studies of medication errors in hospitals and long-term care facilities, investigators estimated median error rates of 8%–25% during medication administration.’
  • ‘237 million medication errors occur in England annually’
  • ‘Medication errors harm an estimated 1.5 million people every year’
  • ‘More than 1,700 deaths due to ‘avoidable’ medication errors in England each year.’