Unit 6: Research Project

Unit code:              K/601/0941

QCF level:              QCF Level 5/ NFQ Level 6/7

Credit value:          20


This unit aims to develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to their higher education programme and professional  development.

Unit abstract

This unit is designed to develop learners’ understanding and confidence in the use of techniques and methods appropriate for research in health and social care. Learners will be expected to consider the elements that make up formal research, including the proposal, and methodologies. They will also action plan carry out the research and presenting their findings. Learners will also consider ethical aspects of formal research.

The topic of the research project is dependent on the learner’s focus of interest within the  context of their programme of study and experience in health and social care, with due regard to ethical constraints of research in this sector. The unit gives learners the opportunity to draw together learning from several aspects of their study into a coherent holistic piece of work that makes a positive contribution to their area of interest. Learners should seek approval from their tutors before starting the study.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand how to formulate a research  specification
  2. Be able to implement the research project within agreed procedures and to specification
  3. Be able to evaluate the research outcomes
  4. Be able to present the research outcomes.