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Diploma in Pathogen Studies - Level 4

South London College
Course summary
200 hours
199 GBP
Online courses
Next available date: This course is available anytime in anywhere. - Online courses
Last application: This course is available to register anytime of the year.
Professional Training

Course description

Pathogens are bacteria, virus or other microorganisms that have the potential to cause mild or deadly diseases. They can be present in water bodies, animals, humans and various other surfaces and can simply pass onto other living beings by the merest of contacts. Therefore, it is important for each and every human being to be aware of the various pathogens and their sources to take appropriate measures and this Diploma in Pathogen Studies – Level 4 has been formulated exactly for this purpose.

Although the existence of pathogens in water will be briefly addressed, this course mainly focuses on the pathogens that exist in human blood and hence, is the ideal program for individuals aspiring to get into or progress within the health care industry. This course will educate you on the various sources of pathogens, followed by modules that will enlighten you on the proper protocols to clean up blood-containing fluids.

This course will further discuss the importance of personal protective equipment when it comes to preventing transmission of pathogens. This course has also dedicated a few modules that will explore the steps that has to be taken when exposed to pathogens and on the risks of blood pathogens to improve your expertise in caring for people.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that South London College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by South London College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

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*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Suitability - Who should attend?

Who Is This Course Aimed at?

  • Students
  • Job seekers
  • Health care industry workers
  • First Aid workers
  • Lab technicians
  • Anyone willing to learn about blood pathogen

Entry Requirements

  • Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
  • A recognised qualification at level 3 or above in any discipline.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Course Code: QLS-04883

Training Course Content


  1. Waterborne Pathogens And Disease
  2. Waterborne Pathogens Section
  3. Primary Waterborne Pathogens And Diseases
  4. Amebiasis
  5. Caliciviruses
  6. Cryptosporidiosis Cryptosporidium
  7. Escherichia Coli Section
  8. Gastroenteritis
  9. Hepatitis Sectionc
  10. Legionnaires
  11. Mib And Geosmin Section
  12. Noroviruses
  13. Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Section
  14. Rotovirus Information
  15. Salmonella
  16. Tularemia Francisella Tularensis Section
  17. Viruses
  18. Safe Drinking Water Act Section
  19. Revised Total Coliform Rule
  20. Cross-Connections
  21. Gram Stain Section
  22. Chemical Related Diseases
  23. Water Sampling And Laboratory Procedures Section
  24. Heterotrophic Plate Count
  25. Collection Of Surface Water Samples
  26. Method 1623
  27. Method 1604
  28. Method 1605
  29. Disinfection Section Introduction
  30. Chlorine
  31. Chlorine Gas Section
  32. Chlorine Health Hazard Section
  33. Alternative Disinfectants Section

Access Duration

The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 12 months access to the online learning platform from the date you joined the course. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.

Method of Assessment

In order to complete the Diploma in Pathogen Studies - Level 4 successfully, all students are required to complete a series of assignments. The completed assignments must be submitted via the online portal. Your instructor will review and evaluate your work and provide your feedback based on how well you have completed your assignments.



Continuing Studies

Once you successfully completed Level 4 Diploma in Pathogen Studies, you will gain knowledge and skills that will give your career the jumpstart you have always wanted. With this completion you can further expand your education or go onto work in numerous positions that will also put you in line to demand a higher salary or job promotion. 

  • Laboratory Technician - £18,583 per annum
  • Laboratory Manager - £30,524 per annum
  • Health & Safety Manager - £34,880  per annum
  • Senior Healthcare Assistant - £16,564 per annum

Other jobs you can get

  • Laboratory Assistant
  • First Aid Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant

About provider

South London College

South London College is a well-established Professional online education provider in the United Kingdom and it aims to meet the employment needs of the youth and people in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. South London College...

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