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AoFAQ Level 2 National Award in the Principles and Practices of Infection Prevention and Control

The AoFAQ Level 2 National Award in the Principles and Practices of Infection Prevention and Control qualification is designed to provider learners with the underpinning knowledge to contribute to the prevention of infection and disease in the healthcare setting.

The qualification is ideal for new starters and experienced staff requiring a refresher alike and is designed for the health and social care sectors including private ambulance services, nursing homes, care homes, domiciliary care providers, nurseries, custody suites, doctor’s surgeries, dental surgeries etc..

 Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the micro-organisms which can cause an infection and spread disease in the workplace.

  • 1.1 Define what is an infection and the impact of an infection on society
  • 1.2 Identify the micro-organisms which can cause infection and disease (including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa)
  • 1.3 List the types of common diseases and viruses which are a result of poor infection prevention
  • 1.4 Explain the principle of binary fission and the factors required for the multiplication of bacteria
  • 1.5 Define the term ‘pathogen’ and ‘causative agent’


2. Understand the roles and responsibilities in the workplace for preventing infection including legal obligations. 

  • 2.1 Identify the legal obligations of employers and employees in preventing and controlling infection in the workplace in accordance with relevant legislation
  • 2.2 List the types of infection control documentation which should be available in the workplace
  • 2.3 Identify the actions an employee can take to reduce the risk of infection

3. Know the procedures to implement to prevent and control the spread of an infection in the workplace. 

  • 3.1 Identify the methods which cause infection to spread including direct and indirect methods
  • 3.2 Describe the chain of infection
  • 3.3 Describe the procedures to implement for a spillage of blood, urine, faeces and vomit
  • 3.4 Describe the actions to take in the event of a sharps injury
  • 3.5 Describe the principles for disposing of contaminated waste safely including personal protective equipment

4. Know how to apply infection control precautions to minimise the risk of infection in day to day activities

  • .4.1 Identify the occasions when to hand wash in the workplace
  • 4.2 Identify the types of personal protection equipment and when they should be used
  • 4.3 Describe the principles for cleaning general equipment in the workplace
  • 4.4 State the principles for handling laundry (including soiled linen)
  • 4.5 States the principles for hand washing correctly using the hand washing technique

Key Facts

Qualification Type: non QCF

Guided Learning Hours: 6-7

Validity: 3 years

Cost of course £60 each or block of 12 £480 (£40 each) – Price includes VAT