Confirming proficiency in professional practice (degree and masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit module is offered at degree and masters level and is 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. 

The credits for this module are awarded by Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) which enables you to accredit your sign-off mentor experience through the use of portfolios and academic assignment.

You are not required to attend any taught dates for this module however you will be able to access full tutorial support from our expert team to support your academic study.

Module code

MENT604 / MENT704

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree 

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

There are no taught dates for this module

MENT604 course details (degree level)

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

  • critically explore the role of sign-off mentors including accountability for the decisions they make to pass or fail a student when assessing proficiency requirements at the end of a programme
  • critically evaluate collaborative working with other members of their team to judge and develop learning, assessment and support appropriate to the learner’s practice and level of education. (Standards 1-8)
  • demonstrate the provision of support for the learning, development and assessment of inexperienced mentors and assist them in making complex judgements regarding the competence of their learners
  • meet the criteria for a sign-off mentor or equivalent requirements by their relevant professional body which will be annotated on their local mentor register. (Standards 1-8).

MENT704 course details (masters level)

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

  • critically analyse the role of sign-off mentors including accountability for the decisions they make to pass or fail a student when assessing proficiency requirements at the end of a programme
  • critically analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of collaborative working with other members of their team to judge and develop learning, assessment and support appropriate to the learner’s practice and level of education
  • through critical refection and evaluation demonstrate how you as an expert practitioner support the provision of the learning, development and assessment of inexperienced mentors and assist them in making complex judgements regarding the competence of their learners
  • meet the criteria for a sign-off mentor or equivalent requirements by their relevant professional body which will be annotated on their local mentor register. (Standards 1-8).

Module dates

There are no taught dates for this module.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers with some modules also subject to maximum numbers.

This module will not be running in 2018/19.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

The degree-level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways.

The master-level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.


Our students say...

  • A "I was delighted to be able to complete a module that gave me recognition for my role as a sign-off mentor."

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the module you must provide evidence of having a mentorship qualification approved by the NMC and be annotated on your employers register as a sign-off mentor. 

To study the module at masters level you must have previously studied to graduate level.

You must also have proof of one of the following:

  • attendance to a sign-off mentor preparation workshop which includes group activity exploring validity and reliability of judgements made when assessing practice in challenging circumstances
  • a certificate of mentor updating dated within the last 12 months
  • peer review feedback i.e. observation of a summative assessment of a 2nd or 3rd year student by a sign-off mentor
  • participation in objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE).

Further entry requirements:

  • If you want to become a sign-off nursing mentor: you must have been supervised on at least three occasions for signing off proficiency at the end of a final placement by an existing sign-off nursing mentor
  • If you want to become a sign-off midwifery mentor: you must have been supervised on at least three occasions for signing off proficiency at progression points and at the end of the programme by an existing sign-off midwifery mentor
  • If you want to become a sign-off supervisor of midwives mentor: you must have mentored at least one student supervisor of midwives in the three year period prior to triennial review.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 academic year

To be confirmed

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.