Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30186 (B): Mentorship Online
Mode of Study:Tri 1/September & Tri 2/April
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679532
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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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 online learning to prepare students for their role as mentors. A range of student-centred activities enable flexible learning with the module being delivered through the online Keele Learning Environment (KLE). One of the advantages of studying online is that you can manage your studies to fit with your other life commitments and, to this end, you will require access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

For the 12-week duration of the module, you will benefit from the support of a dedicated online tutor and will complete a number of online learning activities, both as an individual and collaboratively with fellow online students. Your mentorship of a student (or students) will be assessed in your work place by a nominated supervisor*, and your online and practice-based activities will feed into the development of an e-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 a face to face 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 online 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).

As the module is facilitated online via the Keele Learning Environment, there is no requirement to attend the University. As a Keele student though, you are able to access all the University’s facilities if you so wish.



Professional / Academic Pre-requisites:

Registration with relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. NMC, HCPC) and meet the entry criteria for this respective regulatory body

Evidence of Level 5 (Diploma) academic study or higher

Coordinated access to a learner in your work place

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

Registered nurses must have 12 months post-registration experience


Technical pre-requisites:

You do not require any specialist software applications in order to complete the module successfully though you will need to have the following:

Access to a computer: As you will be participating in online learning activities, both as an individual and in small groups, you will need to have access to a computer with internet access (preferably broadband)

Word-processing software:  Your work during the module will involve you word-processing documents, saving these and uploading them to the Keele Learning Environment (KLE). In addition, your e-portfolio will be developed using word-processing software

A web browser:  To access the learning activities on the KLE, Keele’s preferred web browser is Mozilla Firefox. This is free to download and install from the internet. Whilst a dial-up internet connection may meet your needs for this module, a broadband connection will reduce download times and most likely enhance your learning experience

An anti-virus programme: As you will be receiving and sending information via your individual Keele email account and the KLE, it is important that you have an anti-virus programme that is regularly updated. Keele does not make any recommendations though some free anti-virus software programmes are available to download from the internet

An email address:  We use your own personal email address to contact you for administrative purposes – usually before the module starts. During the module, we will provide you with a Keele email account and subsequent email communication will be conducted this account

A USB memory stick:  You will need to save your Mentorship Assessment Document and other documents onto a portable device so that you can review evidence with your work-based supervisor. You will need a memory stick with a capacity of at least 500Mb. We advise you to keep back-up copies of your documents at regular intervals.

Details of technical help are available on the Keele website at 

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

Attendance: Course is entirely online

Course Duration: 12 Weeks