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Unit 45: Independent Learning in
Health and Social Care
Unit code: D/600/9026
QCF Level 3: BTEC Nationals
Credit value: 10
Guided learning hours: 60
Aim and purpose
This unit aims to enable learners to work independently and contribute effectively in a learning environment. Learners will be able to focus on learning and how they approach the process of learning, including learning choices, methods of learning and resources.

Unit introduction
Learners are increasingly being encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, extending both to the choice of learning opportunities and to methods of learning. The aim of this unit is to focus on learning choices, methods of learning and resources, of encouraging learners to work independently, and contribute effectively in a learning environment.

Learners will consider the skills of reading and writing in the context of their health and social care studies. This will include learning how to manipulate text and how to understand the formats in which text should be presented.

Learner will gain understanding of how to plan their study and therefore make effective use of their time and resources. They will learn about the concept of work/life balance and the importance of planning in order to allow for free time. They will also learn how to manage assignment work and deadlines, and prepare for examinations.

On completion of this unit learners should be able to manage their current learning independently and effectively, and be able to plan for future learning.
Please note: This unit may not be combined with Unit 46: Academic Literacy in the Health and Social Care Sectors.
Learning outcomes
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1 Know how to use resources to support study
2 Be able to present work in an appropriate style and format 3 Be able to plan and manage own learning.
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals specification in Health and Social Care – Issue 1 – June 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2010 2
Unit content
1 Know how to use resources to support study
Resources: to support study, eg teaching and support staff, colleagues, peers, library, bookshops, professional bodies, Sector Skills Councils, government departments, workplaces, media Support: teaching and staff; colleagues

Media: text-based, eg textbooks, journals, pamphlets, websites, newspapers, magazines; appropriate presentation; reading skills, eg scanning, detailed reading, active reading, reading for sense Assessing text: using bibliographies, using indexes, checking references, reading web pages; writing styles (descriptive, prescriptive, explanatory), research methods (qualitative, quantitative, triangulation) Validity: assessing purpose, intended audience, checking references, authenticity, plagiarism 2 Be able to present work in an appropriate style and format Styles and formats of writing: scientific report writing, ethical writing, reflective writing, discursive writing, persuasive writing, journalistic writing

Language and structure: grammar, syntax, punctuation, formal, informal; why structure is important Presentation: essay, report, referencing, quotations
3 Be able to plan and manage own learning
Learning styles: Honey and Mumford typology (reflector, theorist, activist, pragmatist); own preferences; limitations of identifying with a single learning style; holistic approach to learning styles Development: how previous learning has met objectives; plans for the future, eg career, family, travel; work/life balance; identifying strengths and weaknesses; study environments; being able to identify appropriate way to meet own learning needs

Personal development plan: aims and objectives; reflection; short term, long term; study time, spare time; preparing assignments; consideration of learning preference
Study skills: note taking, eg recording, mind maps, Cornell system; working to deadlines; consulting with others
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