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Infection Control Level 2

Best practice and knowledge of how to control the cause and spread of infection in hospitals and other settings



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Fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency

Study method
Online, self-paced
13 weeks
Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care settings (QCF)
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price

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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.

  • 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.

Successful completion of this course leads to a nationally-accredited Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings. This is a Government funded nationally-accredited qualification – which means that if you are eligible you can study for free!

Benefits of studying with vision2learn

  • It’s FREE for eligible learners.
  • Study 100% online at your own pace, whenever and wherever you like.
  • Gain a vocational qualification valued by UK employers.
  • One-to-one support from a dedicated tutor throughout your course.
  • Free additional online and telephone customer support.

All courses are subject to availability, so apply today to secure your place.


Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care settings (QCF)

Regulated by Ofqual


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.

Who is this course for?

This training course is suitable for anyone who work in an environment where there is a risk of infections transferring as well as for those wanting to get a better understanding of the principles of infection prevention, control and personal hygiene.


To be eligible for a free place you must be:

  • 19 or over at the start of the current academic year 31st August
  • Resident of England only and does not cover Northern Ireland or Wales
  • UK or EU resident of three years or longer or outside of the EU be able to provide Visa Evidence
  • Your employment status or prior level of qualification may affect your eligibility to study with some colleges.
  • You are able to complete the course regardless if you are working or receiving benefits. If you receive benefits, you will be asked to provide evidence in the form a current award letter.

Career path

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


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What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

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What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.