Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30186 (A): Mentorship - Face to Face
Mode of Study:Trimester 1/September & Trimester 2/April
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679532
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Fees: Click for details

This module is for you if you are a registered health professional who has completed your preceptorship and wishes to develop your knowledge, skills and competence to become an effective mentor.

Developed to meet the needs of busy health care professionals, this exciting and innovative module uses classroom and practice based learning to prepare students for their role as mentors. A range of student-centred activities enable students to develop their knowledge and skills with the support of the online Keele Learning Environment (KLE).

For the 12-week duration of the module, you will benefit from the support of a dedicated tutor and will complete a number of learning activities, both as an individual and collaboratively with fellow mentorship students. Your mentorship of a pre-registration student (or students) will be assessed in your work place by a nominated supervisor*, and your class-based and practice-based activities will feed into the development of a portfolio of evidence. In addition, you will be asked to write an essay in which you reflect on your development as a mentor.

This stimulating module will prepare successful students to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's mentor standards to support learning and assessment in practice.


 “The tutorial support on this module is second to none” (Nursing & Midwifery Annual Monitoring Report 2012)

This module is available as an elective module within BSc Clinical Practice (multiple pathways) and as a stand alone module.

This module is also available as an online module.


* To undertake this module, you must have a student or students allocated to your work place that you can ‘mentor’ AND a work-based supervisor (themselves an accredited mentor(or equivalent) who is live on the local Mentors’ Register) who will assess your achievement of work-based learning outcomes.

The aim of the module is to prepare practitioners for the role of work based mentor.

By successfully completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Analyse how the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained during the module have prepared you for facilitating teaching and learning in practice;
  • Critically reflect on the importance of the mentor-student relationship, including the influence of role modelling;
  • Demonstrate effective achievement of the NMC competencies for mentorship.

During the 12-week module, you will work towards achieving the above learning outcomes by completing individual and collaborative learning activities and by mentoring a student in your usual work place under the guidance of your supervisor. Feedback on your learning will be given by your work-based supervisor and your module leader. You will gather evidence of your learning and development as a mentor by compiling an individual formative portfolio that will form the basis for an assessment of your work-based practice as a mentor (by your supervisor).

This module will require you to attend the University on a fortnightly basis for a full day taught session for the 12 weeks of the course.  You will also be required to access and engage with the Keele Learning Environment which is the electronic learning platform.


Registration with relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. NMC, HCPC)

Evidence of Level 5 (Diploma) academic study or higher

For nursing and midwifery applicants a minimum of 12 months post-qualifying experience

Coordinated access to a pre-registration learner in your work place

Meet the entry criteria determined by your professional regulatory body;

Access to a work place colleague with a live mentor qualification (or equivalent) to act as your supervisor

The context of professional and guided learning experiences in practice settings.

The NHS modernization agenda


Evidence based practice

Concept of mentorship

The workplace as a learning environment

Cultural context of the workplace

Developing effective working relationships

Integrating learners into practice settings

Facilitating learning

Formal and informal learning

Identifying specific learning needs

Identifying learning opportunities outside the students own workplace

Cognitive apprenticeships

Situated learning in communities of practice

Principles of guided learning (modelling, coaching, articulation and questioning)

Differentiating between learning activities appropriate for the level of the student

Understanding learning styles and promoting autonomous / adult learning

Design, implementation and evaluation of learning and teaching methods

Professional accountability, frameworks, competencies and boundaries

Equality and Diversity

Principles, processes and methods of assessment

Giving constructive feedback

Reflection as an aid to learning

Evaluation of learning

Managing failing students

The role of the mentor as an advocate

Supporting professional development and transition between learning environments


Signing off professional competence

Number of assessments:



ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)

Sequence no: 1


Type of assessment


Portfolio of professional competence

Brief description of assessment


The student’s performance as a mentor will be assessed in the workplace by their supervisor. The student will compile a portfolio of evidence to support their achievements.


Contribution to the module mark


Pass mark

Pass / Fail


ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)

Sequence no: 2

Type of assessment


Reflective analysis

Brief description of assessment


The student will be expected to critically analyse their experiences of mentorship in the reality of professional practice

Contribution to the module mark (%) (Put 0 if type is formative assessment or competency assessment)


Pass mark (Put 1 if type is competency)



ASSESSMENT DATA (required for each assessment)

Sequence no: 3

Type of assessment


Mentorship competence assessment document

Brief description of assessment


Students are expected to engage with the mentorship assessment document within the portfolio

Contribution to the module mark (%) (Put 0 if type is formative assessment or competency assessment)

0  (the student must achieve a pass in this sequence to gain a pass in the module as a whole)

Pass mark (Put 1 if type is competency)

1 Pass / Fail

Course Duration: 1 day per week x 12 weeks (taught session on a fortnightly basis)

Attendance: Full attendance required