The Understanding Infection Control – Level 2 Course is supported by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) and is suitable for experienced health care workers caring for clients or patients in a work environment, for those new to the industry or even simply considering a career in Care.

This distance learning course can assist you with your personal development, will help students to acquire an understanding around real concerns such as MRSA, and gain invaluable grounding in the general safeguards that can be employed to reduce the risk of infection.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control

Learning outcomes: Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infection; Understand legislation; Understand systems and procedures relating to the prevention and control of infection; Understand the importance of risk assessment in relation to the prevention and control of infection; Understand the importance of using personal protective equipment (PPE) in the prevention and control of infection; and Understand the importance of good personal hygiene in the prevention and control of infection.

  • Unit 2: Causes and Spread of Infection

Learning outcomes: Understand the causes of infection; and Understand the transmission of infection.

  • Unit 3: Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management

Learning outcomes: Understand how to maintain a clean environment to prevent the spread of infection; Understand the principles and steps of the decontamination process; and Understand the importance of good waste management practice in the prevention of the spread of infection.


There is no previous learning knowledge or experience required to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about infection control and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the Infection Control course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.


To successfully complete the Understanding Infection Control course you must submit a series of tutor marked assignments together with an end of course multi-choice questionnaire. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Understanding Infection Control Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (NCC) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by NCC Resources to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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