Infection Control Level 2

Our course code: X209

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There are many people working in a paid or voluntary role who may be at risk of contracting or spreading infection due to the nature of their job. Infection control is essential knowledge for all those working in any hospital, nursing and care settings.

It is also often now considered relevant for those working in other types of group settings where there may be risks of infection spreading such as prisons, schools and hostels. There are many reasons why we must try to control the spread of infection. Not least is our legal responsibility with the duty of care for our patients and clients.

This Control of Infection and Contamination Programme is designed to complement the work you carry out in the workplace by supporting your practice with underpinning knowledge, whether you are an experienced healthcare worker or new to the role. Study online in your own space and time.

Limit your risk of contracting or spreading infection with our Infection Control course. Ideal for those working in hospitals, nursing and care settings.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X209
  • Qualification code: 600/9312/2
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Up to 111 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - You don't need any prior skills in the subject area to start, however, you will be required to be working in a Care environment in order to complete this course due to the nature of the assessment questions.

Credits - 15

Course Content

1: Principles of the causes and spread of infection in healthcare settings
2: Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health care settings Understand the importance of personal hygiene in the prevention and contro
  • Understand the importance of personal hygiene in the prevention and control of infection in a workplace setting
  • Understand the importance of effective hand washing
  • Understand the principles of using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
3: Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management in health care settings
  • Understand the importance of maintaining a clean environment
  • Understand roles and responsibilities in relation to cleaning, decontamination and waste management
  • Know the principles of decontamination processes
  • Understand the sterilisation process
  • Understand how to safely handle laundry
  • Understand the principles of effective waste management
  • Understand how to safely handle sharps
4: Principles of infection prevention and control in a health care setting
  • Understand the purpose of infection control
  • Know how regulations inform policy and practice relating to infection control
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities relating to infection control
  • Understand the role of risk assessments in relation to infection control
  • Understand the principles of infection control procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!