Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

This is a Distance Learning course, so there is no need to attend College.

This course will be delivered online or paper-based over 16 - 20 weeks. Guided learning hours 111.

Who is the course for?

The qualification is designed to help learners to understand the meaning and importance of infection control, the causes of infections, the condition in which they thrive and the ways that they can be spread.

What does the course involve?

As part of this course you will study four mandatory units: 

UNIT 1 - Principles of the causes and spread of infection in health care settings

  • Section 1 Understand how infection is caused
  • Section 2 Understand how infection can spread
  • Section 3 Understand the ‘chain of infection’
  • Section 4 Understand the need to recognise Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI)

UNIT 2 - Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health care settings

  • Section 1 Understand the importance of good personal hygiene in the prevention and control of infection in a workplace setting
  • Section 2 Understand the importance of effective hand washing
  • Section 3 Understand the principles of using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

UNIT 3 - Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management in health care settings

  • Section 1 Understand the importance of maintaining a clean environment
  • Section 2 Understand roles and responsibilities in relation to cleaning, decontamination and waste management
  • Section 3 Know the principles of decontamination
  • Section 4 Understand the sterilisation process
  • Section 5 Understand how to safely handle laundry
  • Section 6 Understandtheprinciplesofeffectivewastemanagement
  • Section 7 Understand how to safely handle sharps

UNIT 4 - Principles of infection prevention and control in a health care setting

  • Section 1 The purpose of infection control
  • Section 2 Regulations, policies and procedures for infection control
  • Section 3 Roles and responsibilities in relation to infection control
  • Section 4 The role of risk assessments in infection control
  • Section 5 Infection control procedures

Entry Requirements

  • Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/17
  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years
  • Must currently reside in England
  • Must have a full Level 2 qualification or above (i.e QCF Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2)


  • Unemployed and claiming benefits, and using the qualification to obtain work.

*An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the course.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessments are due at the end of each unit. Your tutor will assess your work and build up your portfolio of evidence of learning. A certificate will be awarded on satisfactory submission of evidence of learning for the units studied.

What are the College attendance requirements?

As a Distance Learning course, there is no need to attend College.

For further information or advice, please contact the Distance Learning team:
01823 366612

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