Health and Social Care: Administration of Medication PDA

Course code 97L5

What is special about this course?

This course is an essential part of training for all carers involved in the administration of medication in care homes, residential care or care at home services.

The award will become part of the recommended CPD for staff working in this sector. The PDA consists of two units: Administration of Medication and Administer Medication to Individuals.

Special features

  • You will develop the knowledge required to prepare for, administer, and monitor the effects of medication on individuals.
  • You will also have an understanding of how to record and store, and dispose of medication safely.
  • The course will allow you to become more familiar with adverse reactions and how to respond to emergency situations.

Entry requirements

  • Literary subject at SCQF level 5 or above
  • SVQ 2 Health & Social Care, SVQ 3 Health and Social Care.
  • You should also have appropriate experience in the fields of health and care

Year 1 - PDA

Core modules are:

  • Administration of Medication
  • Administer Medication to Individuals

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Work based
  • You will be assessed in the workplace and will be allocated an assessor

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 6 months

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Perth

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Other start dates may be available in some locations. For information on other start dates, and how to apply for them, please contact the campus where you wish to study.


For information on costs for this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This PDA will be studied by students already working within an appropriate health or social care setting and will form part of CPD requirements for SSSC registration.

Can I progress into further study?

Following successful completion of the PDA Administration of Medication you may wish to continue to SVQ4 Health & Social Care/Social Services, BA (Hons) Health And Social Studies, or BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Health and Social Care: Administration of Medication PDA

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

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