C.P5 Demonstrate work-related skills to meet set objectives for work experience tasks.

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care

Level: 3

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.

Unit introduction

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.

Learning aims

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.

Summary of unit

Learning aim

Key content areas

Recommended assessment approach

A    Examine the benefits of work experience in health and social care for own learning and development

A1 Developing skills and attributes

A2 Clarifying expectations for employment in health and social care

A3 Exploring career options

A report evaluating the benefits of work experience and the importance of preparing for placement.

The report must include a plan to meet personal and professional goals.

B    Develop a work experience plan to support own learning and development

B1 Preparation for work experience

B2 Setting goals and learning objectives

C

Carry out work experience tasks to meet set objectives

C1 Work experience tasks

C2 Work shadowing and observation

Observation of learners on work placement carrying out tasks and activities and interacting with service users and staff, evidenced by observation report signed by assessor.

A reflective log evaluating own development on work placement.

D    Reflect on how work experience influences own personal and professional development

D1 Reviewing personal and professional development

D2 Using feedback and action planning

Assessment criteria

Pass                                            Merit

Distinction

Learning aim A: Examine the benefits of work experience in health and social care for own learning and development

 

 

 

 

 

AB.D1  Justify the benefits of preparation in supporting own understanding of the expectations of work experience.

A.P1 Explain how work experience can support the development of own professional skills and personal attributes for work in the health and social care sector.

A.P2 Discuss ways in which work experience can inform own career choices and help prepare for employment in the health and social care sector.

 

 

A.M1 Analyse how work experience can provide support in gaining a realistic understanding of the health and social care sector.

Learning aim B: Develop a work experience plan to support own learning and development

B.P3 Explain own responsibilities and limitations on work experience placement.

B.P4 Explain how to meet own specific personal and professional development goals while on work placement.

 

B.M2 Assess the importance of own work experience plan to support own learning and development.

Learning aim C: Carry out work experience tasks to meet set objectives

 

C.D2

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.D3

 

Demonstrate work-related skills proficiently, taking the initiative to carry out activities according to own responsibilities and setting’s procedures and selecting appropriate skills and techniques for different situations.

Justify how planning for and reflecting on skills developed during own work experience placement have informed own future plans for personal and professional development.

C.P5 Demonstrate work-related skills to meet set objectives for work experience tasks.

C.P6 Discuss ways in which work shadowing and observation can support development of own skills while on work placement.

 

C.M3 Demonstrate work-related skills with confidence and proficiency to meet objectives in different situations.

Learning aim D: Reflect on how work experience influences own personal and professional development

D.P7 Review own strengths and areas for development in response to feedback on work experience placement.

D.P8 Produce a personal and professional development plan which identifies improvements to own skills for future development.

 

D.M4 Assess how self-reflection can contribute to personal and professional development in work experience placement.


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