Infection Control Level 2

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.

The 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.

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.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: 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.

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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

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.


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
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.
Section 1
Principles of the causes and spread of infection in healthcare settings
  • Know how infection is caused
  • Understand how infection can spread
  • Understand the ‘chain of infection’
  • Understand the need to recognise Health Care Associated Infections (HCAI)

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 12 months.

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.

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

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

Well structured and informative
Ella Carey

Not the most exciting of subject matters but the course was detailed, well structured and informative. I received good support from my tutor. Pleased to have completed this qualification.

Would recommend
F Riordan

Who would have known there was so much to know! Course arrived quickly, faster than expected.  The support from the tutor was very food.  Would recommend.

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