The University Certificate in Infection Control (UCIC) is an undergraduate level one year part-time course. It is suitable for experienced cleaning managers, hygiene and infection control managers or suitably qualified and experienced people aspiring to a management position.
UCIC promotes the practical application of scientific principles and management knowledge to help managers meet everyday issues, arising in both public and private sector cleaning organisations.
This course focuses on applying the principles and concepts that help to assess and control the risks of infection and hazards in the workplace, as well as the underpinning theory. You will explore human and system factors, which are essential for you to understand the key issues regarding infection prevention principles, including knowledge of the types of micro-organism that cause infection, methods of transmission and transmission routes.
You will also learn how to maintain a clean environment in accordance with national policies and obligations in infection prevention principles. You will explore a variety of decontamination methods for low, medium and high risk areas. This will help you to recognise that the level of risk to health can differ according to the type of workplace, specific settings and circumstances.
Course modules (17/18)
Hygiene and Health (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENV1108DL
- Core module Y
Provides an understanding of infection control principles and practice (current and historical) including awareness of the causes of infection, transmission routes, cross contamination and decontamination methods.
Cleaning Science (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENV1015DL
- Core module Y
Provides an underpinning in aspects of science relevant to the cleaning industry. It is designed to provide cleaning managers with an appreciation of the causal processes which give rise to a cleaning requirement: the physicochemical and biological factors involved in unclean environments, the technologies and materials involved in cleaning, the natural and built environment, waste and pollution issues, and the health and safety implications.
Biological and Other Hazards in the Cleaning Industry in the Workplace (20 Credits)
- Module code: ENV2037DL
- Core module Y
Provides an understanding of the biological concepts underpinning the production and maintenance of a hygienic environment and a healthy workforce.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
Each module addresses a set of specific themes, which you are then assessed on. This course is delivered through our virtual learning environment NILE. This is where your tutors will provide course materials and further resources, where activities will be housed and where you will be able to meet and discuss with other students in forums. You can expect one to one support from your tutor via NILE, email, phone, Skype or face to face if necessary.
Each module is worth 20 credits and involves 200 learning hours, including teaching, learning and assessment. We normally send the modules out in January, April and September.
Your assignments have been carefully designed to test your knowledge and skills while consolidating what you’ve learned and providing the opportunity for you to gain even more skills. You will be assessed through essays, reports, short answer questions and time constrained assignments. You can expect three items of assessment per module.
The principle aims of this course are to develop both subject specific and transferable skills to help you be a more effective hygiene manager. You will be able to use your new understanding and skills to meet the present needs and challenges of work in various organisations, agencies and industries. As well as providing opportunities for career development the qualification can be used as a route for further study.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
We ask that you have two A-levels or equivalent, or appropriate industrial experience.
Application deadline dates are September, January and May every year.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Distance Learning:||£820 (60 Credits)|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.