Who is this course for?
Infection control is relevant to numerous sectors, including food preparation and medical services, and is of major concern in hospitals and other health care settings. It is the responsibility of everyone who works in, or visits, such environments to ensure that the spread of infection is avoided. The qualification is ideal for learners who wish to gain an understanding of the causes of infection and how these can be managed and controlled.
What do you need to apply for the course?
Learners wishing to undertake the certificate should be aged 18 or over. You will need to have at least a Level 1 qualification in literacy as you will be expected to write answers for assessment purposes. To assist in the delivery and understanding of this qualification, candidates should have access to hand washing facilities and a range of personal protective equipment (PPE), including: gloves, aprons, gowns, overalls disposable, masks and eye protection.
What are the key things you'll learn?
This qualification aims to develop learners’ knowledge in the area of Prevention and Control of Infection and is designed to raise awareness of infection control, legislation and policies. Candidates will look at the methods of cleaning and waste disposal that help prevent the spread of infection, along with the personal protective equipment they should use for their own safety. This knowledge will be underpinned by an increased understanding of the causes of infections, the conditions in which they thrive and ways in which they can be spread.
How you will learn
You will be allocated your own study pack and have a personal tutor who you can contact throughout your studies. You will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and demonstrate your knowledge. This will mainly consist of a written assessment for each unit, which will be assessed by the tutor as well as two simple observation exercises. (This course is also available on-line)
Where could this course take you?
After successfully completing the course candidates will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects or progress to further training. You could also progress on to further study in the field or other Distance Learning programmes.