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Medication Awareness
Medication Awareness
Medication Awareness
Medication Awareness

Overview - Medication Awareness

Medication awareness training is essential in the health and social care sector. Figures show that hundreds of deaths each year in the UK can be linked to medication errors, with more than 200 million made every year in total.

This is according to a 2018 study from the University of Manchester, which highlighted the importance of health and social care managers treating medication awareness principles as a priority among their workforces.

What's more, not only are prescription, dosage and other medication errors potentially harmful to patients' health, statistics show that avoidable adverse drug reactions cost the already overstretched NHS some £98.5 million each year.

It is therefore vital that all health and social care staff are aware of the different types, classifications and forms of medication, as well as how they should be stored and disposed of. The Virtual College Medication Awareness course has been designed with all of these factors in mind.

Why take this course?

Our Medication Awareness course aims to improve learners' understanding of the necessity of accurate recording and reporting when medication is being administered, in the interests of patient safety and the wider NHS.

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe relevant legislation
  • Recognise different types of medication
  • Define roles and responsibilities in the administration of medication
  • Describe relevant techniques for administering medication
  • List considerations when receiving, storing and disposing of medication
  • Identify the rights of an individual
  • Describe suitable recording and reporting techniques relevant to medication administration

The course content underpins knowledge with the 'Support use of medication in social care settings' unit of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), and is also part of the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for Wales and Northern Ireland

Who is this course for?

The Medication Awareness module is designed for anyone who administers medication as part of their job. This could be doctors, nurses, pharmacy assistants, first aiders, care home staff and community carers, for example.

Course lesson plan

The Medication Awareness course covers the following lesson plan:

  • Welcome and learning objectives
  • Introduction
  • The legislative framework for the use of medication in a social care setting
  • Common types of medication and their use
  • Roles and responsibilities in the use of medication in a social care setting
  • Techniques for administering medication
  • Receive, store and dispose of medication safely
  • Promote the rights of the individual when managing medication

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


After completing this course, you will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for your records.

Course duration

The Medication Awareness course should take two to three hours to complete, but this depends entirely on your individual learning speed. With our Learning Management System, Enable, you can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Step 3: Take the course

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You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment six times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of more than 10 courses.

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