Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care
Unit type: Internal
Guided learning hours: 60
Unit in brief
Learners explore the benefits of work experience. They carry out and reflect on a period of work experience, and plan for personal and professional development.
If you are thinking about a career in health and social care, then work experience is a good way of making you aware of the tasks and activities you may be required to carry out. This unit will help you reflect on and develop your personal attributes and skills required for work in this sector,
and extend your knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities of health and social care professionals.
In this unit, you will learn about the benefits of work experience in health and social care. You will examine how work experience can help you to develop personal and professional skills, such as communication and teamwork, and to understand more about the expectations of different professional roles. You will develop a plan to support your learning in placement and you will monitor your progress with a reflective journal. This is a practical unit which will support your work experience placement in health and social care and provide a foundation for you to develop, apply and reflect on knowledge and skills in a realistic situation.
A work experience placement will prepare you for further study in a variety of higher education programmes. It is often a requirement for progression to higher education, and is a component of degree courses in the sector such as social work or nursing.
In this unit you will:
A Examine the benefits of work experience in health and social care for own learning and development
B Develop a work experience plan to support own learning and development
C Carry out work experience tasks to meet set objectives
D Reflect on how work experience influences own personal and professional development.