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/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.
The course provides the underpinning theory and the application of principles and concepts to help assess and control the risks of infection and hazards in the workplace. Human and system factors are explored which are essential to understand key issues regarding infection prevention principles, including knowledge of the types of micro-organism that cause infection, methods of transmission and transmission routes.
Learners will also gain an understanding of how to maintain a clean environment in accordance with national policies and obligations in infection prevention principles. In addition to this learners will explore a variety of decontamination methods applicable for low, medium and high risk areas. This helps students recognise that the level of risk to health may differ according to the type of workplace, specific settings and circumstances.
Course modules (16/17)
Hygiene and Health
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Methods of Learning
Each Module is a self-contained unit of study in the sense that they address a set of specific themes, and you are systematically assessed on each of these. Through the study of each module, which is assessed under a common “framework”, you are not only gaining knowledge, but building on it in a sustained way. The Modules are worth 20 credits at level 4 or 5 and are weighted as 200 learning hours (teaching, learning and assessment). Modules are normally sent out in January, April and September.
Through the study of each module, which is assessed under a common framework, you are not only gaining knowledge, but building on it in a sustained way. The modules are worth 20 credits at level 4 or 5 and are weighted as 200 learning hours (teaching, learning and assessment).
Modules are normally sent out in January, April and September.
Our teaching staff have used their expertise to create interesting and varied assessments designed to not only test knowledge and skills but also consolidate and provide a platform for the acquisition of new skills. Assessments are generally applied in nature and can take the form of essays, reports, short answer questions and time constrained assignments. Students can expect three items of assessment per module.
Facilities and Special Features
Students are able to access all of the learning tools and information they need for a successful student experience from one place – the online student hub. The Hub allows students to easily view learning resources via our Skills Hub, read course handbooks and documents, access support and services submit assignments via NILE and keep up to date with news and events.
All University of Northampton students are also able to download and use Microsoft Office 365 for free.
The principle aims of the course are to develop both subject specific and transferable skills to be more effective hygiene managers. Students will be able to use acquired 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.
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 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Distance Learning:||£800 (60 Credits)|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
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How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
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