Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)

Course description:

This course is designed is designed to raise awareness of infection control legislation and policies. Candidates will look at the methods of cleaning and waste disposal that help prevent the spread of infection, along with the personal protective equipment they should use for their own safety. This knowledge will be underpinned by an increased understanding of the causes of infections, the conditions in which they thrive and the ways that they can be spread.

The course has a credit value of 15 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.

Who is the course suitable for?

Infection control is of major concern in hospitals and other healthcare settings. It is the responsibility of everyone who works in, or visits, such environments to ensure that the spread of infection is avoided. The qualification is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain an understanding or update their awareness of the causes of infection and how these can be managed and controlled.

Entry requirements:

You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.

How is the course delivered?

Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at times convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. Learners should aim to complete the course within 12 weeks.

Course content:

The course will cover the following areas and consists of two modules:

Module A:

  • Principles of the causes and spread of infection in healthcare settings.
  • Principles of infection prevention and control in a healthcare setting.

Module B:

  • Principles of the Importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health care settings
  • Principles of infection prevention and control in a healthcare setting.

Progression opportunities:

The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational qualifications including Diplomas in Health and Social Care.

Course Number: N3TIR