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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.

Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse.
As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall.
Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College. She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently.
She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."

I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.

For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.

These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.


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