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IQ Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection (QCF)

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection (QCF) aims to familiarise learners with infection control policies and procedures, develop understanding of causes of infections, how they are spread, conditions which favour their growth and ways to reduce/prevent spread of infection - waste disposal, hand washing, cleaning and PPE. This qualification is designed to develop knowledge of infection control. Learners may access this training in order to progress to further qualifications or to complement other programmes. It is suitable for learners preparing for employment or for learners who are already in employment and who need to understand infection control for their job role.


Learners who achieve this qualification could progress on to further training or education and go on to qualifications in health and social care, such as:


Credit 7
GLH 70 -
Age Range 16+
QUAN / regulation number 601/2018/6
Registration Start Date 07/01/2014
Review Date 31/12/2016
Registration Fee £35.00
Registration Fee from 2015 £35.50

Other Relevant Documentation
IQ Website
Telephone 01952 457452
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IQ welcomes applications for centre and qualification approval from employers, private training providers and FE Colleges.


To achieve this qualification, learners must gain 7 credits from the 3 mandatory units.

IQ Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection (QCF)

Mandatory Units

Minimum Units:3, Minimum Credits:7

H/501/7103Causes and Spread of Infection2220
R/501/6738Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management2220
L/501/6737The principles of Infection Prevention and Control2330


All the units in this qualification are knowledge-based. Assessment is by portfolio (internally set and marked and quality assured by IQ).

An Achievement Record for this qualification is available from the website/ on request. All assessment criteria must be met and mapped and the location of the evidence must be indicated in the achievement record.

All knowledge-based assessment criteria in this qualification must be assessed using methods appropriate to the assessment of knowledge and understanding, these can be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Question and answer test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Question and answer verbal (ensure records are kept)
  • Essay
  • Other


This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.