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NCFE Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

Key course information

Health and Social Care


16 weeks

Part time

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Course Overview

If you work in a health care setting, an understanding of infection and control is essential for your workplace role. This flexible, distance-learning qualification will introduce you to the meaning and importance of infection control. You’ll gain an overview of the causes of infections, the conditions in which they thrive, and the ways that they can be spread. You’ll also cover the methods used to prevent and control the spread of infection. Tailor your learning to your needs with this online course, hone your professional skills and prepare for employment or further study.

What will I learn?

This qualification contains four mandatory units. You’ll cover the causes and spread of infection, the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection, the principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management, and the principles of infection prevention and control.

Entry Requirements

• Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at the start of the academic year (31st August).
• Must have lived in the UK or EU for the last three years.
• Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of the Mayor of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the North of Tyne Combined Authority NTCA.
• If aged 19-23, must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject (e.g., 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 Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2).
• If aged 24+ no qualifications are required.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

- This is a distance learning course. This means learners do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a tutor.
- You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit.
- The allotted time for each learner to complete this course is 4 months.

Additional Costs and Information

• This course is free however, we do have a £130 withdrawal charge if learners do not complete.
• Learners can only complete one NCFE course at a time.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

- NCFE Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England. - NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines.

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