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


Qualification Number 601/2018/6
Title IQ Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection (QCF)
Category National
Sector Health & Care
Operational Start Date 07/01/2014
Operational End Date 28/02/2015
Total Units 3 Min Credit 7
Min Guided Learning Hours 70 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 16 Min Age To 100

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:

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 must gain 7 credits from the 3 mandatory units.

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

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must have:

  • Appropriate teaching qualification e.g. PTLLS  or Level 3 Certificate in Education and Training
  • Subject knowledge

Centre Requirements

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



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