Key Points

The AoFAQ Level 2 Award in The Safe Handling and Administration of Medications course has been designed to provide learners who are new in the health and social sector and require the underpinning knowledge to address the Skills for Health Common Induction Standards as well as to support learners with their professional development and to understand their roles and responsibilities in the workplace. 

This qualification allows learners to springboard onto the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines if they wish. 

Course Duration: Typically 1 day



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 Compliance and Regulatory Requirements

Compliance and Regulatory Requirements:

The aim of the qualification is to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge to understand the safe handling requirements for medications in the health and social care sector and the process for the safe administration. 

 Key Points

Name: AoFAQ Level 2 Award in The Safe Handling and Administration of Medications 

Qualification Number: 601/5863/3

Qualification Type: QCF

Guided Learning Hours: 5 

Certificate Price £7 + VAT*

* No charge is made for Learners who have failed to attain required standard to receive the award.

 Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
Learning Outcome Assessment Criteria

1. Understand the aims and principles for the safe administration of medication. 

  • 1.1 Define the term medication
  • 1.2 State the benefits of medications 
  • 1.3 State the risks associated with taking medications
  • 1.4 Outline the roles and responsibilities in the use of medications in the health and social care setting
  • 1.5 Describe the rights of the patient when administering medication 

2. Understand the legislation and guidelines for the administration of medications.

  • 2.1 Outline the requirements of current legislation for the safe handling and the administration of medications
  • 2.2 Describe the different classifications of medicines 
  • 2.3 Outline the requirements of current legislation for patient confidentiality 
  • 2.4 State the process required for gaining consent before administering medication

​3. Know the preparations and precautions to be taken prior to and after the administration of medication to a patient. 

  • 3.1 Identify the different types of common medicine groups used in health and social care
  • 3.2 Describe the different routes for the administration of medication 
  • 3.3 Describe the requirements for recording appropriate documentation following the administration of medications to patients
  • 3.4 Identify the appropriate locations and conditions to store medications safely
  • 3.5 Describe the procedure for the safe disposal of medications 
  • 3.6 Describe the actions to take in the event of a adverse reaction following the administration of medication

 

 Qualification Assessment

Assessment:

  •  Multi Choice Questions (MCQ) for theory and underpinning knowledge. 

 To Awarded this qualification the Learner must achieve a percentage pass in the MCQ paper.

 AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials

The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ  to support the qualification:

Qualification Specification:

  • This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.

PowerPoint:

  • A PowerPoint is not currently available for this qualification.
 Trainer, Assessor Requiements

Subject knowledge or experience 

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (or equivalent) 
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (or equivalent) 
  • NVQ Level 4 or 5 in Health and Social Care Management (or equivalent) 
  • Level 2 Award in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines 
  • HCPC Registered Paramedic
  • IHCD Ambulance Technician 
  • NMC Registered Nurse
  • GMC Registered Doctor Combat Medical Technician Class 2 or 1 (or equivalent) 

Any other qualification or occupational experience approved by AOFAQ.  


Teaching/Assessor qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Certificate in Education (CERT ED)
  • Diploma in Education (DIP ED)
  • Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS)
  • Certificate in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (CTLLS)
  • Diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS)
  • Master of Arts in Education (MA ED)
  • Master of Arts in Professional Development, Education and Training (MA PDET)
  • Professional trainer certificate 
  • IHCD Instructional methods course 
  • Level 3 or 4 NVQ Learning and Development 
  • Level 3 or 4 in Education and Training
  • CIPD Certificate in Learning Practice 

Proof of 30 hours of training in any subject (must be verifiable)  
If your teaching or training qualification is not listed, please contact us. 

 Internal Quality Assurers

Those involved in the internal quality assurance of these qualifications (IQA’s) must have knowledge and competency in the subject field as well as knowledge and competency in internal quality assurance. 

An acceptable portfolio must show:

  • Occupational knowledge and competence in the subject ‐ evidenced by:
    - Holding a relevant subject qualification or suitable experience
  • Knowledge and competency in internal quality assurance – evidenced by:
    - Holding a qualification/completing CPD training or working towards a suitable qualification. 

Internal Quality Assurers must:

  • Have knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors.
  • Visit and observe assessments.

Carry out other related internal quality assurance.


Acceptable qualifications for Internal Quality Assurers:

  • SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment 
  • QCF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment 
  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF) 
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF) 
  • V1 or D34 

    Note: This list is not exhaustive.

    Note: It is understood that not all IQA’s will be qualified initially, and that sufficient time should be considered to achieve these qualifications. During this time Centres should ensure that IQA’s are following the principles set out in the current Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally monitor and maintain the quality of assessment. 

 Links and Downloads

Information Links
Skills for Health http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
The Royal Pharaceutical Society http://www.rpharms.com/home/home.asp
Qualification Specification
Level 2 Safehandling of Medications Qual Spec



AOFAQ LEVEL 2 AWARD IN THE SAFE HANDLING AND ADMINISTRATION MEDICATIONS
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The learner can progress to a range of qualifications including:

  • AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering 
  • AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
  • AoFAQ Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
  • AoFAQ Level 2 National Award in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • AoFAQ Level 2 Award in Understanding the Safe handling of Medicines