Mentorship preparation

Key features

This non-credited module is for qualified health and social care professionals with little or no mentorship experience and who wish to undertake a mentor role. 

You will be supported in developing a level of confidence and competence in your ability to assess the practice of others. It will also prepare you to be recorded as a mentor on your employers mentor register. The module will cover topics including:

  • theories of learning and teaching
  • facilitation of learning in clinical practice
  • assessment in clinical practice
  • support systems (for students, mentors and clinical supervisors)
  • accountability.

The module follows a blended learning approach of three face to face taught days, two self directed study days and 30 hours of supported clinical mentoring practice. 

Module code





Blended learning approach with taught days in various locations across the South West

Course details

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards for education and training (HCPC, 2009).
  • meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards to support learning and assessment in practice, as well as the NMC standards for mentors, practice teachers and teachers (NMC, 2008).
  • engage in and critically evaluate strategies used to provide effective facilitation of practice learning.
  • analyse factors likely to affect the provision of mentorship in practice settings.
  • identify and reflect on professional issues arising from assessment in practice, including inter-assessor reliability.
  • critically evaluate the contemporary issues in both healthcare and education that influence practice education.
  • explore current assessment or appraisal systems.

Academic accreditation

This module is non-credited, however upon completion of this module you can go on to submit additional work to achieve 20 academic credits at either degree or masters level by enrolling on further mentorship modules:  

MENT603/MENT703 - AP(E)L Mentorship via distance learning route

For mentors who have passed the 'Mentorship preparation' module or other mentorship qualification within the past year and who wish to gain academic accreditation.

MENT604/MENT704 - Confirming proficiency in professional practice (for sign-off mentors)

For experienced mentors who have evidence of their sign-off mentor activities and who wish to gain formal recognition as well as academic accreditation for the role.

Please visit the module pages or contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Module dates

This module is taught in a number of locations across the South West, often with more than one delivery per academic year.


Delivery one: 17 September, 16 October and 15 November 2018

Delivery two: 4 March, 4 April and 8 May 2019

North Devon

Delivery one: 25 October, 26 November and 18 December 2018

Delivery two: 2 April, 2 and 20 May 2019


Delivery one: 2 October, 6 November and 4 December 2018

Delivery two: 9 January, 7 February and 6 March 2019


Delivery one: 29 October, 30 November and 17 December 2018 - Bridgwater

Delivery two: 1 November, 3 and 18 December 2018 - Taunton

Delivery three: 7 March, 2 April and 2 May 2019 - Taunton

Delivery four: 11 March, 11 April and 9 May 2019 -  Bridgwater


Delivery: 30 January, 28 February and 13 March 2019


Delivery one: 9 and 31 January and 6 February 2019

Delivery two: 4 April, 3 and 17 May 2019

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit). 

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Our students say...

  • A "I found this module very stimulating and it has invigorated me in my clinical practice."
  • A "It has been really good to meet and share mentoring experiences with staff from different practice backgrounds."

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module you must:

  • be able to supervise, support and assess a learner (such as a student, trainee or new staff member) with a learning need in your area of practice
  • identify an experienced mentor to support, facilitate and assess your mentoring activities and sign off your summative assessment portfolio.

Fees and funding




Funding may be available through your employing trust; you will need to contact the education and training lead (or equivalent) within your organisation. 

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.