Diploma in Infection Control


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Diploma in Infection Control

Why Oxford Learning College


The best alternative to finding cures to illness is prevention and limiting the spread of diseases. Everybody has responsibility to do this, but this is particularly important in certain professions such as for healthcare and food workers. It is relevant and important to have knowledge of antibacterial products, processes and practices. Increasing standards required for public premises also means that many individuals will be expected to manage infection control protocols and processes within their place of employment (for example schools, pubs, restaurants and even offices). The benefits of effective infection control are unquestionable in terms of wellbeing and the prevention of spread. We only have to think about influenza and threats of pandemics to realise the speed and extent of infections when they take hold. The course has 10 modules, each of which will build upon the knowledge of the previous one.


Module 1: Infection control: past and present


In this module we will look at the historical origins of infection control, an in depth look at key pandemics such as the Black death and smallpox and the historic progress leading to practices to the present day. This helps to explain exactly what is meant by infection control, what can be learned from past case studies and contextualise it within various settings and environments. We will also examine the current strategies and plans for the future of infection control and look at how it affects the lives of individuals. Extremely topical is the rise and spread of Ebola today.


Module 2: Anatomy and physiology relevant to infection control


The first point of controlling an infection is to understand its impact on the human body and how we can try to prevent and fight the pathogen. This modules start by looking at the anatomy and physiology relevant to how and where the human body reacts to infection and copes with it. The structure and function of the immune system is investigated, together with the pathogenesis of infection. We define immunity, understand the auto-immune system, antigens, antibodies and look at vaccinations in detail. A historic overview of vaccinations helps build knowledge of how they work and how new types can be made. Barriers to infection such as the skin is looked at in detail.


Module 3: Cause and spread of infection


This module looks at what causes infection and how it spreads in both animals and plants. In order to understand these concepts better we will be looking at the microscopic structure of cells and function of viruses and bacteria from how they grow and develop in order to cause infection. An understanding of the optimum conditions needed for organisms helps us look at ways of controlling them or preventing spread, such as placing food in fridges or pasteurising milk. This topics ends with information about when children need to be vaccinated and with which course of treatment. Similarly adults require suitable vaccination when travelling.


Module 4: The prevention and control of infection


It is surprising that people still do not realise the importance of washing hands after using the toilet. Here we will examine the principles of basic hygiene, surface cleaning and personal protection used in infection control. Detailed information on the appropriateness of proper cleaning and hygiene are shown particular in professions involving care and food. The module will also look at barrier and isolation nursing, together with safe practice within care situations. Accompanying these topics will be the safe disposal of hazardous material and decontamination techniques.


Module 5: Healthcare associated infection


The rise of infection such as MRSA, even in death for patients in hospital is of particular concern and so needs to be addressed. This module will specifically address infections associated with hospital in patient stays, care home residence and other infection which is typically seen in healthcare environments. Examples such as surgical wound infection, aseptic techniques, hospital-acquired pneumonia and bloodstream infections will be examined in detail, together with the relevant anatomy and physiology to show the impact of these diseases on the human body, and how to limit and prevent spread.


Modules 6 and 7: Antimicrobial resistance


In these two modules we look at the historic origins of antibiotics and the various processes used in their production, e.g. Biotechnology, Screening, and fermenters. We will also look at the principles of treatment with antibiotics, how they work and some common uses. Some specific infections will be examined in detail with their symptoms and treatment using antibiotics such as MRSA, E.Coli, C-difficile, HIV, Salmonella, TB, and others caused by fungus such as Ringworm and parasites e.g. Malaria. Within this module there will be a lot of microbiology but all terminology will be explained within the context of the course. There is a growing resistance of microbes to antibiotics especially in hospitals where they are used in high concentration. Why and how this occurs and the problem of increasing antibiotic resistance is discussed.


Module 8: Legislation


A summary of the history of public health reform in Britain is given. As with all industry there is a mass of legislation within the UK governing infection control practices, but even then we have seen the harm caused to the economy when we had outbreaks such as E. coli concerns in eggs and Foot and mouth disease. Legislation, e.g. the Health and Safety at Work Act, was written based on past problems and is regulated by bodies collecting and collating data, so how it is interpreted within specific environments and contexts to maintain infection control is discussed. Some diseases have totally been eliminated in the UK, however TB is now growing due to movement and migration of people. Vaccination of children is covered as this is a key form of infection control, this was proved when many parents refused to give their children the MRNA vaccination which caused the rise of Whooping Cough. Organisational policies and procedures, together with example roles and responsibilities of individuals in the workplace is discussed e.g. how to dispose of hazardous waste.


Module 9: Risk assessment


Here we look at how to identify hazards, their level of harm and assess the ensuing risks. Then we will look at how the risks are recorded, addressed and reviewed in order to comply with the relevant legislation and codes of practice. Strategies to address potentials risks to the person e.g. in caring for the elderly, leads the discussion on who has roles and responsibilities to manage risk completes this topic. Recently we saw this being carried out in practice when the possible spread of Ebola in the UK was trialled, risk assessment and how its spread could be halted was tested. Which training and policies employers must provide, how risks are monitored and evaluated/ controlled in the workplace is covered with real case studies.


Module 10: Collection and transportation of samples in infection control


In order to establish whether any infection is present, samples must first be collected and analysed. How to take samples safely and following precautions is shown. The most common tests and methods used in the laboratory for blood e.g. the C-reactive protein test, urine e.g. test for Diabetes, and culture samples e.g. of the throat to test for certain Bacteria using the Gram-stain tests is investigated. Discussion on how to dispose of Biological waste ends this course.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Infection Control

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

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Overall rating 4.6666666666667 out of 5 based on 3 student reviews

This is a good course for those who perhaps have been involved in training staff on infection control but do not have a specific qualification in it. The online course material is sufficient but sometimes difficult to read as the content is not on one page at time. Difficult to go from one section to another. The assignments are marked in good time with valuable comments. From a cost perspective it it good value for money - and the monthly instalment option really helps. I'm glad I did it and it will support my CV and NMC revalidation well.

Rating: 4 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
I really enjoyed doing this course, the teachers where there to help me and got back to me straight away. All work marked quickly.

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Hmmmmmm, i am happy because i study with you, the course is effective but need more and more study. I am happy because i learned more than i know but when i toke the exam, it was very difficult and i need to say a message to all students: I just take the online exam of Oxford college's infection control diploma, the exam was very difficult and i passed it by a miracle, it was my 1st time to sweet like a torrent, i don't know why !! but it may be because this is my 1st time to take such an online exam. i satisfied but not a hundred percentage satisfaction because it was my hoping to pass by it without any mistakes. anyway, it was a good experience and i am happy to pass it, Thanks for oxford team and customer service. Thanks all people contibute in such a good work. Good bye :) :)

Rating: 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

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