Course Description

Infection Prevention & Control (QQI Level 5)

The Open College



Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • understand what the area of Infection Control means and its
  • importance for every member of the Healthcare team
  • have a better understanding of the basic principles of infection control and be able to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control
  • be aware of the importance of infection prevention and control in providing a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors
  • be aware of healthcare-associated infection
  • understand their own role in the prevention of the spread of infection.

Topics Covered:

Unit 1: Basic Microbiology

Unit 2: Principles of Infection Control: Standard Precautions and Transmission-Based Precautions

Unit 3: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Unit 4: Health Management

Who should complete this course?


Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 5N3734
College Name The Open College
Course Category Health Care, Healthcare
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 314
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times This QQI Infection Prevention & Control course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding  QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control (5N3734)
Entry Requirements Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Healthcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. Students must be working or on work experience in the Healthcare Sector (6-8 hours per week or 30 hours in total) throughout their course as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience. As part of the assessment criteria for this course students’ will need to carry out practical demonstrations, all candidates who enrol for this programme must have the agreement from their supervisor/manager in the work place to oversee their practical work. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative. Garda Vetting will be required any workplacement within the Care Sector. The Open College is an approved Garda Vetting organisation and can assist with this if required. Please ask for details.
Career Path Students who successfully complete this module may use this Level 5 credit towards the QQI Healthcare Support Level 5 Major Award – 5M4339.
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The Open College



Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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