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Each year 1 in 10 hospital patients develop a healthcare-associated infection during their stay in UK hospitals. Approximately 5,000 patients die as a direct result of these infections and they also contribute in some way to around 15,000 other deaths in the UK each year. In most cases these infection are difficult to treat and can complicate existing illnesses that a patient is experiencing, as well as causing distress for the said individual and their family.

Qualification Level

NCFE Level 2 (online distance learning, no exams involved).

Who Is It For

This course is funded by the adult education budget, and therefore suitable for learners aged 19 and over and the courses are co-funded. Individuals that are aged 19 or over and have not attained a GCSE grades A* to C in maths or English will be fully funded.

Study Hours

Guided Learning Hours - 111
Study hours Per Week - 12.5
(*please note these are average and estimated figures and may not be a true representative for all individuals*)

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk. Alternatively; you can enrol over the telephone on 01904 770770.

Course cost

Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study this course for free, however, please contact us if you are aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs grade A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.

For more information please email the InfoZone on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring them on 01904 770770.

Course Duration

This particular short course is just 8 weeks long.

How It Helps You

Taking this qualification can help tackle the outbreak of infection in hospitals and health care settings by aiding you in understanding the many causes of, and the spread of infection alongside how you can help to control it.

How Is The Course Delivered

This course is available in both paper and online format, and is up to you to decide which method you prefer, making the course flexible and easy for you. Personal tutors are assigned to each learners, to help ensure you have the support you need throughout the duration of the short course.

Course Breakdown

UNIT 1 – Principles of the cause and spread of infection in health care settings

Learners will develop an understanding of the chain of infection and examine how infection is caused and the ways in which it can spread.

UNIT 2 – Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health care settings

This unit explores the vital importance of personal hygiene, demonstrates effective hand washing and the principles of using personal protective equipment.

UNIT 3 – Principles pf decontamination, cleaning and waste management in health care settings

Learners will gain an understanding of how important cleaning, decontamination, sterilisation and waste management is within the health care setting.

UNIT 4 – Principles of infection prevention and control in a health care setting

This unit will explain in detail the purpose of infection control and look in detail at the regulations, policies, procedures, risk assessments and roles and responsibilities in relation to infection control.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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