Short courses
Health & Social Care

Mentoring in Practice

University Certificate in Continuing Education:

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants (you must check this with admissions before applying).
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks, part-time

More part-time details

  • 20 Credits, Degree Level
  • Enrolment date: October, November, March and May
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information

The role and responsibilities of a mentor in practice are multi-faceted. This award prepares you for this challenging and immensely rewarding role by developing the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to be a competent mentor. This award is primarily but not exclusively accessed by registered nurses and incorporates the NMC Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice (2008). It is open to other health and social care practitioners who want to be mentors and choose to study at degree level. Registered nurses successfully completing this award are able to mentor degree-level student nurses and are theoretically prepared for the sign off mentor role in practice.

A broad range of material is covered in the module: self-analysis and action planning, principles of work-based learning and teaching, impact of the learning environment, assessment of learning needs, learning theories, managing learning opportunities, assessment methods, managing the failing learner, constructive feedback, sign-off mentor responsibilities, professional accountability, supporting individuals with special needs, inter-professional learning, and systems of monitoring and evaluation.

This award runs at University Hospital of North Durham, the Centre for Professional and Executive Development at our Darlington campus, and our Middlesbrough campus. Please ensure you apply to the relevant site as it is unlikely this can be changed once your application has been submitted. Contact the award leader for further information.

How you learn

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods to deliver content and you are expected to be proactive in the learning process. Students assume the role of associate mentor while undertaking the module providing the opportunity to apply theory to their practice of supporting the development of a learner. Contact time provides the opportunity for you to explore and discuss mentoring experiences, linking theory to your practice through lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and directed study using pre-prepared worksheets. You are assessed through the production of a reflective portfolio based on your experiences of mentoring a learner in practice. Delivery of award content and submission of the portfolio is within a ten-week time frame.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be a registered healthcare practitioner with nine months' experience in the speciality
  • be currently in practice with access to learners
  • have evidence of recent level 4 academic study
  • have evidence of attending a mentor workshop in the last three months or alternatively complete one before the end of the Mentoring in Practice module (NHS based staff)
  • have support from an experienced practice mentor for the duration of the module. For applicants working in the NHS, the mentor should be on the Trust's Mentor Database
  • have access to a learner for a minimum of four weeks during the module.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks, part-time

More part-time details

  • 20 Credits, Degree Level
  • Enrolment date: October, November, March and May
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information