Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings Distance Learning Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The duration of this course is 11-13 weeks.

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.

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

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.

Course Summary

Course Title Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings Distance Learning Level 2
Entry Requirements

Eligibility for FREE Level 2 Distance Learning courses:

  • Learners must be aged 19 years old or over as of 31 August in the current
    academic year.

  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years

  • Must currently reside in England, in a postal code outside of
    Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley,
    Greater London Authority (GLA), West Yorkshire Combined Authority, West

  • If aged 19-23, must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any
    subject (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 Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2).

  • If aged 24+ no qualifications are required.

An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the

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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The staff have been very supportive they will do anything to help whether it be staying late or putting in 100% to make the lessons more suited to you. The staff have backgrounds in the specific course in which you want to take which helps to get another person’s view on what it’s like to work in the sector and also the course covers all areas of the subject and there is nothing that isn’t covered within the syllabus and modules.

Lauren Pierce - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

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