Health and Social Care Level 2

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Unit 8: Unit code: QCF Level 3: Credit value: Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care A/601/2404 BTEC Nationals 5 Guided learning hours: 30 Aim and purpose This unit aims to enable learners to understand the different psychological approaches that can be used when studying and in particular how these can be used to study health and social care. Unit introduction This unit highlights the different psychological perspectives and encourages learners to apply these approaches to the study of health and social care. The value of psychological studies to the understanding of health and social care will also be examined. Learners will initially consider the meaning of the term ‘theories’ in the context of psychology, and will begin to appreciate the diversity of psychological theories as they progress through the unit. Learners will examine the principal psychological perspectives and then apply them to the health and social care sectors to gain understanding of the potential value of psychology in these sectors. On completion of this unit learners will have considered the psychological approach to studying health and social care. The unit encourages reflection, and will be valuable to those learners intending to work with people in a caring capacity. It will also be useful to learners who intend to progress to study at a higher level. The psychological approach is embedded in several other units in the programme and is extended, in particular, in Unit 29: Applied Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care, and Unit 30: Health Psychology. Learning outcomes On completion of this unit a learner should: 1 2 Understand psychological perspectives Understand psychological approaches to health and social care. Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals specification in Health and Social Care – Issue 1 – June 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2010 1 Unit content 1
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