Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health & Social Care Settings Level 2 Certificate

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Course introduction

Few things are more important in health-care settings than stringent infection prevention and control measures. Poor hygiene and cleanliness procedures can have serious ramifications for patients, staff and organisations alike. As such, it’s crucial that all staff within a health-care environment understand their role in relation to infection prevention and control. 

This learning programme looks at the meaning and importance of infection control, as well as the causes of infections and the conditions in which they thrive and spread. It also outlines the methods used to prevent and control the spread of infection.

As well as providing learners with a nationally recognised qualification, this course will help them apply good practice relating to infection prevention and control in the workplace, giving them confidence in their work. Furthermore, as cleanliness and hygiene are important in all walks of life, the practical understanding that learners will acquire from this programme will assist them throughout their careers and outside of the workplace.

The course also provides employers with a structured training programme that will meet the training needs of their employees. It offers peace of mind that staff are aware of the procedures they need to follow in order to provide a safe health-care environment. A further benefit of using these flexible learning resources is that staff can complete their programme at times and locations convenient to them, removing the need for them to spend time at college or away from work for long periods.

Course structure

Learning materials comprise a number of workbooks, which have been produced to suit a wide range of delivery methods. Learners will be provided with all necessary materials to complete the programme and will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and test their knowledge. The learning materials include an assessment that is completed online which allows learners to demonstrate achievement of all learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment is available as a printed booklet only on demand.

The Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-care Settings comprises four mandatory units presented in two concise module workbooks:


Unit 01: Principles of the causes and spread of infection in health-care settings (Credit value: 3)

Unit 02: Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health-care settings (Credit value: 2) 


Unit 03: Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management in health-care settings (Credit value: 5)

Unit 04: Principles of infection prevention and control in a health-care setting (Credit value: 5) 

Minimum entry requirements

Learners should be aged 16 and over, but otherwise there are no specific entry requirements for this programme. It is expected that learners will be working – or intending to work – in a health-care setting. However, as this is a knowledge-based qualification, there is no requirement to demonstrate competence. As such, access to a health-care setting is not a requirement.

The Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-care Settings will be ideal for anyone who works, or would like to work, in a health-care setting. The areas covered are relevant to a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector and the programme will be useful to people involved in health and social care at all levels. 

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be allocated a tutor who will provide feedback online.

Information & support

For further details and enrolment contact:  

Dawn Yau
Brockenhurst College
Lyndhurst Road
SO42 7ZE
Tel: 01590 625591


What can I do with this qualification?

By undertaking this programme, learners will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects, or progress on to further qualifications, such as courses in health and social care or related subjects.

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