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Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings NCFE

Protecting people from infection is a crucial part of providing quality care, particularly since some life-threatening infections can spread easily within care facilities.

In England, approximately 300,000 patients experience an infection each year while being treated by the NHS.  In order to provide safe and effective care, infection control and prevention should be part of daily routine for anyone working in a health and social care environment, regardless of their role.

This course encompasses procedures and regulations regarding infection control, as well as the importance of maintaining a clean environment.

This qualification aims to help learners to understand:

  • the meaning and importance of infection control
  • the causes of infections, the conditions in which they thrive and the ways that they can be spread
  • methods used to prevent and control the spread of infection.

The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • give learners working or intending to work in health care settings knowledge and understanding of infection prevention and control to support their role in the workplace
  • enable learners to progress to other qualifications in this subject area, or within the wider area of health and social care.

 Please note: It is not possible to complete the courses on a mobile phone as they are not compatible with our learning platform.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate from NCFE awarding body, confirming your achievement.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 2

  • Delivery

    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    12 Weeks

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To attain this qualification, you need to achieve all 4 units.

  • Principles of the causes and spread of infection in health care settings A/504/8597
  • Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health care settings F/504/8598
  • Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management in health care settings J/504/8599
  • Principles of infection prevention and control in a health care setting T/504/8596

Portfolio of Evidence

This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by NCFE External Quality Assurance Consultants (EQACs)

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification, however you must:

  • Currently live in England
  • Resident in the UK/EU for 3+ years, for purposes other than study
  • be aged 19+
  • Not be on an apprenticeship

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

This course would be important for jobs roles such as:

  • Ambulance Care Assistant (£18,545 to £21,776)
  • Health Promotion Specialist (£21,00 to £40,000)
  • Environmental health Officer (25,000 to £60,000)

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


Fully Funded.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7575

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details