Preparation for Mentors (Level 6) - 15 credits

  • Course Code: SPL6003
  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: February 2020, March 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (13 weeks), Distance Learning (13 weeks)
  • Location: City South

Practice is the core element of professions registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Placement learning is therefore essential for the education and preparation of future professional practitioners. Both professional regulatory bodies produce standards against which student performance must be measured to ensure that they are capable of safe, effective and proficient practice before they are eligible to apply for registration in their chosen profession. Rigorous and valid assessment of practice is therefore required.

What's covered in the course?

The requirement for valid measurement of placement learning is also a precept within the QAA standards for practice placements. This module aims to provide appropriate preparation for practitioners, who will be undertaking the role of practice mentor, in order that they will be able to facilitate learning and assess the competency and proficiency of students in health or social care related practice settings.

The module also aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the practitioner’s professional responsibility and accountability when making such judgements.

For Nurses and Midwives, being an approved mentor is an NMC requirement if they are involved in the mentoring and assessing of pre and post registration students. This module has been approved by the NMC and, on completion, successful candidates would be deemed competent to mentor and assess students. This module is mapped against KSF Framework Dimension 2.

Why Choose Us?

  • Supportive team
  • Proactive and engaging teaching (through Moodle for distance learning)
  • Forum support and discussions  
  • Recognised UK qualification 
  • Build on knowledge 
  • Develop career


This course is worth...

15 credits

This course is not open to International students
Midwifery and social work

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  • UK/EU students (Self Funded)
  • UK/EU students (Employer Funded)
  • International students


Starting: Feb 2020

Funding: Self Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 13 weeks
  • £250 per year


Starting: Mar 2020

Funding: Self Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 13 weeks
  • £250 per year


Starting: Mar 2020

Funding: Employer Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 13 weeks
  • TBC

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

Online application and enrolment process

  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Manager support form

The module requires the applicant to have a pre-registration student and mentor supervisor.  Applicants must ensure a Manager Support Form is completed by their Trust/Employer and sent to us.

Manager Support Form

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form below, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download the sponsorship agreement form and instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

Course Content 

The range of topics covered are concomitant with both Regulatory, Professional and Statutory Body requirements (NMC, HCPC) and include:

  • Establishing effective working relationships, including those within the wider inter-professional team
  • Facilitating learning
  • Assessment and accountability including how to fail students who do not reach the required standard
  • Evaluation of learning
  • Creating an environment for learning including making provision for students who require additional learning support
  • Practice learning within the context of practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership


You will be assessed by one practice document and competences and one 2,000 word assignment.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Joanne Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Joanne's main focus is within teaching practice skills to students both pre and post reg. As an operating department practicioner she has many years’ experience within the intraoperative environment across a range of specialities including Hepatic, Renal, ENT and General as well as in anaesthetic and recovery as a team leader and theatre manager

Joanne teaches within the Operating Department Practitioner programmes mainly within the skills weeks and as a mentor in practice and she has now taken that further and teach the mentorship programmes within the university setting.

She has a master’s in Education and teaches on the distance learning module principles of teaching in health and social care.  

Entry Requirements

You will be a registered nurse, midwife, or healthcare professional with one year's post-registration experience.

You will also need:

  • to experience the mentoring and practical assessment process for pre-registration students. Without undertaking this activity you cannot pass the module.
  • a workplace supervisor who is an experienced mentor.
  • five days protected learning time in practice agreed by your manager.
  • access to a computer connected to the internet.

Course dates

View our course date timetable below:

Mentor Preparation Programme Start Dates

Course Enquiries

For general course enquiries please contact Joanne Thomas: