Infection Control

This course provides all health workers with fundamental knowledge of how to control the cause and spread of infection in hospitals and other settings reliant on superior hygiene standards.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop vitally important skills to prepare you for a role in the sector
  • Understand the concepts of decontamination and waste management – and the consequences of not carrying out these processes
  • Learn about infection prevention and control in a range of healthcare settings and scenarios to help you contextualise your learning
  • Gain industry-relevant knowledge and give your CV a boost
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  • FREE online course
    FREE 100% online study
  • Course duration
    13 weeks
  • Recommended study
    10 hours per week
  • Study requirements
    No existing qualification required
  • Success rates
    94% of our learners pass
  • First-class support
    Online and by phone
  • Assessments
    4 to pass
  • Qualification
    Nationally accredited Level 2 qualification

Who is this course for?

This training course is suitable for anyone who works in an environment where there is a risk of infections transferring as well as for those wanting to get a better understanding of the principles of infection prevention, control and personal hygiene.

Course details

Each unit contains an assessment to demonstrate your knowledge of each subject area. Once you successfully complete all units you will achieve a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings.

Unit 1: The causes and spread of infection

Your learning goals:

  • How infection is caused
  • How infection can spread
  • The ‘chain of infection’
  • The importance of recognising Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI).
  • Assessment
    Unit 1 Assessment
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Unit 2: Principles of personal hygiene and health

Your learning goals:

  • Personal hygiene at work
  • Handwashing
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Assessment
    Unit 2 Assessment
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Unit 3: Decontamination, cleaning and waste management

Your learning goals:

  • Maintaining a clean environment
  • Roles and responsibilities in decontamination
  • The decontamination process
  • The sterilisation process
  • Handling laundry
  • Effective waste management
  • Sharps management.
  • Assessment
    Unit 3 Assessment
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Unit 4: Principles of infection prevention and control

Your learning goals:

  • The purpose of infection control
  • Regulations, policy and practice
  • Roles and responsibilities in infection control
  • Risk assessments
  • Principles of infection control procedures.
  • Assessment
    Unit 4 Assessment
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“Every area ranging from handling and disposal of waste, general hygiene, laundry management and good knowledge about various policies and legislation supporting healthcare: is instructive – well packaged.”

Babatunde from Devon
Successful Infection Control learner

Can I study for free?

Free places are available to anyone who meets the criteria below.

  • Living in England
  • Aged 19 or over from the 31 August 2021 (born before 01 September 2002)
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and a resident in the EEA for the last 3 years
  • Not in receipt of any other government-funded training.

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You may also qualify if you're:

  • Employed and in receipt of a low wage
  • A non-EEA citizen with permission by UK government to live in the UK which is not for educational purposes, and lived in England for at least 3 years
  • A family member of an EU national
  • A refugee
  • Asylum Seeker.

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