Course Description

Diploma in Pathogen Studies - Level 4

Diploma in Pathogen Studies - Level 4 is a course run by South London College, Dublin. It is a 'Online Learning' course with a duration of 200 Guided Learning Hours. Diploma in Pathogen Studies - Level 4 gives a Course Qualification of Diploma. For more information about Diploma in Pathogen Studies - Level 4 at South London College, please review the details below.

Diploma in Pathogen Studies – Level 4 (Please Note: This Course is Based on USA Standards)

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 (USA Standards) 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 Global Edulink* 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 Global Edulink* 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.

*South London College is an approved reselling partner for ABC Awards courses under Global Edulink

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

Course Curriculum
01. Waterborne Pathogens And Disease
02. Waterborne Pathogens Section
03. Primary Waterborne Pathogens And Diseases
04. Amebiasis
05. Caliciviruses
06. Cryptosporidiosis Cryptosporidium
07. Escherichia Coli Section
08. Gastroenteritis
09. 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

Who Is This Course Aimed at?

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

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.


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).

Awarding body (Accreditation)

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Other benefits

Written and designed by the industry’s finest expert instructors with over 15 years of experience
Repeat and rewind all your lectures and enjoy a personalised learning experience
Unlimited 12 months access from anywhere, anytime
Save time and money on travel
Learn at your convenience and leisure
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The Diploma in Pathogen Studies - Level 4 course at South London College is listed in's national courses finder.
Training ProviderSouth London College
Course LocationDublin
Course TypeOnline Learning
Course QualificationDiploma
Course Duration200 Guided Learning Hours
Course Fee199
Entry RequirementsLearners 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.
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Phone+44 203 884 3001
Course CodeQLS-04883
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35-37 Ludgate Hill, London, Dublin, United Kingdom. Eircode: EC4M 7JN

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