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Level: 2

Location: Distance Learning

Years: 1

Weeks: 16


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Tuition (£): 811.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Concessions: 362.00***

Interview: N

Course Summary

This FREE online Infection Control qualification provides you with fundamental knowledge and understanding of how to control the cause and spread of infection in a variety of settings. You will:

  • Develop your knowledge of the control and prevention of infection
  • Contribute to a happy, safe and healthy environment
  • Understand the causes and spread of infection and how to identify potential risks
  • Gain in-depth understanding of decontamination, sterilisation and sharps management

Entry requirements

To be eligible for a free place you must be:

  • 19 or over at the start of the current academic year on 31st August
  • a resident of England only (this does not cover Northern Ireland or Wales)
  • a UK or EU resident of three years or longer (or, if outside of the EU, be able to provide visa evidence)

You should also have:

  • a good level of English
  • a basic level of IT
  • access to a computer (this is an online course)

Course Content

Unit 1: The causes and spread of infection

Learning topics:

  • How infection is caused
  • How infection can spread
  • The ‘chain of infection’
  • The importance of recognising Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI)

Unit 2: Principles of personal hygiene and health

Learning topics:

  • Personal hygiene at work
  • Handwashing
  • Personal protective equipment

Unit 3: Personal development in the health sector

Learning topics:


  • Maintaining a clean environment
  • Roles and responsibilities in decontamination
  • The decontamination process
  • The sterilisation process
  • Handling laundry
  • Effective waste management
  • Sharps management

How will I be assessed?

Online assessments are supported by a tutor.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The course is free within the funding requirements but you will be asked to sign a disclaimer as non-completion will incur a cost of £100.

What can I do after this course?

This qualification is essential for those working in businesses where work activities could put employees at risk of passing on or contracting an infection. It is especially useful for those working in the healthcare sector.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing. But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career. Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.
Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals. A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital. And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.
Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia. Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them

I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.

It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'

It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.

I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.

It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.


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