Much of the work in health and social care is grounded in evidence-based practice. It is advantageous, for those seeking a career in the sectors, to have a clear understanding of research methodology in order to work ethically and effectively when carrying out their research. The choice of topic may be informed by a particular interest or career intentions. This unit will provide a good foundation for learners wishing to progress to higher education or within their chosen career.
Initially, learners will need to consider the importance and function of research in the health and social care sectors, for example the role that research plays in policy development. Learners will explore research methodology appropriate to the sectors.
Learners must demonstrate an understanding of ethical principles and gain approval for their plans before starting their project. In the final part of the unit, learners will have the opportunity to research their selected topic, present their findings and evaluate the success of the project.