Infection Prevention & Control (QQI Level 5)

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  • Course Fee: Special offer – Now only: €229
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Infection Prevention & Control (5N3734).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 Credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months 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.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • No classes to attend.



Course Description

Who should complete this course?


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.


This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.


Course Details


Topics Covered:


Unit 1: Basic Microbiology

  • Micro-organisms
  • The infection process
  • The chain of infection.


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

  • Standard precautions & transmission based precautions
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Hand hygiene
  • Decontamination
  • Principles of hygiene
  • Terminal cleaning
  • Single – use medical devices
  • Safe handling of body fluids
  • Linen segregation
  • Segregation of waste.


Unit 3: Healthcare-Associated Infections

  • Healthcare associated infections
  • MRSA
  • Norvirus
  • Clostridium Difficle
  • Tuberculosis
  • Influenza
  • Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci
  • Blood borne pathogens
  • Food Safety.


Unit 4: Health Management:

  • The health information and quality authority
  • National standards
  • Infection prevention policies
  • Role of the infection control team
  • Uniform Policy
  • Needle and sharps prevention and management
  • First aid management if injury occurs.
  • Notification of infectious diseases and outbreaks
  • Travel Associated Infections.


Preferred entry level:

  • Level 4 Certificate or Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.


Programme Entry Requirements:

  • If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted to you. You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • As part of the assessment criteria for this module learners will be required to carry out practical demonstrations, with this in mind learners will need to be involved or be able to identify a work placement where they will be able to carry out these tasks.




Learner Record 20%
Supervised Exam (Theory) 40%*
Skills Demonstration 40%


Learner Record: The Learner will be required to write 4 reflective journals, describing specific learning experiences, activities, responses and skills acquired. It will include a selection of evidence arising from candidates work in relation to Infection Control Prevention issues and topics.

Examination: Students will sit a two hour supervised exam. Four structure questions to be answered out of a possible Six. Each question will carry 10 marks.

Skills Demonstration: Candidates will be observed carrying out a Hand Hygiene related to specific learning outcomes.


*Please Note: Students taking this module will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country.

This can be paid before exam dates and is not required upon enrolment. This exam fee is not covered in the course fee/registration fee.



Pass 50 – 64%
Merit 65 – 79%
Distinction 80 – 100%

Please note all exams will take place at our offices in Dublin or in a location in Louth and will incur a €50.00 examination fee.




  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control (5N3734).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This QQI Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 3 months 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.