Unit 12: Physiological Principles

Unit 12: Physiological Principles for Health and Social Care

Unit code:               A/601/1608

QCF level:              QCF Level 4/ NFQ Level 6

Credit value:          15


The aim of this unit is to provide a holistic overview of the structure and functioning of the human body as appropriate for those working in health and social care.        

Unit abstract

The focus of this unit is on how the body functions as a whole rather than on detailed anatomy  and physiology from a biological perspective. The emphasis is on exploring those aspects of body functioning which impact on care delivered in health and social care settings.

Learners will gain an understanding of the main structures of the body and the appropriate terminology encountered when working with health professionals. Learners need to recognise   the names of key structures, their positions in the body and main functions. They will explore the purpose behind gathering routine data from individuals accessing health and social care services as well as routine variations.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Know the structure and functioning of the human  body
  2. Understand the relationship between body functioning and relevant detailed anatomy and physiology
  3. Understand how routine data collected in health and social care informs the planning of care for individuals
  4. Be able to relate routine variations in body structure and functioning to care received by individuals.