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IQ Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/6059/7
Title IQ Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings (QCF)
Category National
Sector Health & Care
Operational Start Date 29/04/2015
Operational End Date 28/02/2018
Total Units 4 Min Credit 15
Min Guided Learning Hours 111 Max Guided Learning Hours 111
Min Age From 16 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £35.50

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).


This specification is intended for trainers, centres and learners. General information regarding centre approval, registration, assessment papers, certification, reasonable adjustments, special consideration and appeals procedures are available from the website. This document should be read in conjunction with the IQ Quality Management System Centre Guide available from the website.

Qualification Purpose

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About this Qualification

The aim of the qualification is to develop learners' knowledge and understanding of how to prevent and control infection. It includes the principles of the causes and spread of infection, cleaning and decontamination, personal hygiene and preventative measures. This qualification is suitable for those who are employed or are seeking employment within the health and social care sector. It does not confer competence, but provides learners with knowledge relevant to a wide range of job roles within health or social care settings.

The main objective is preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, also preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.


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Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification learners have to achieve 15 credits from four mandatory units.

IQ Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings (QCF)


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 learning outcomes in this qualification (or relevant unit) 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.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1 or above.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must have relevant sector knowledge and an appropriate teaching qualification e.g. PTLLS, Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification.



Downloadable Resources

Training Resources

Centres may use their own, or published learner support materials in delivering the qualification. Whatever support materials centres choose to use, they should ensure that their delivery methodology adequately prepares the learner for assessment.

IQ endorses published training resources and learner support materials by submitting the materials to a rigorous and robust quality assurance process, thus ensuring such materials are relevant, valid and appropriately support the qualification.

Resources and Useful websites

Health and Safety Executive
The National Archives (For all UK legislation)
Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
Skills for Health
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Public Health Wales
Public Health Agency Northern Ireland
Public Health England