Many students on Health and Social Care Foundation Degree and Access courses struggle with the academic expectations required of them at this level. This book is written to support such students in adapting to self-directed study, understand the assessment process and how they can make the most of their learning opportunities. The authors also cover practicalities such as avoiding plagiarism, using their studies to become a reflective practitioner, and understanding the benefit of research and critical thinking. More than a generic study guide, this book is practice-based and will be of great benefit to health and social care students.

Practice Learning and Ethical Practice

Practice Learning and Ethical Practice

Practice learning and ethical practice

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • identify the professional and regulatory requirements necessary for competent practice;
  • understand that ethical principles underpin good outcomes for service users and patients;
  • identify skills for employability, including those that require enhancement.


Many university and college courses offer the opportunity of practice learning or undertaking a placement. In this chapter we use the term ‘practice learning’ to denote a practice placement or clinical placement and to emphasise that such opportunities are also intrinsically part of your learning. Practice learning is seen as essential preparation for your future career and is much more than work experience. In professions working with people the emphasis in placement is on assessment of ...

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