Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Distance Learning)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Acquire to skills and knowledge required to become a work place mentor.

Start date

March, October


15 weeks, distance learning

Code: HXH1000

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473566

About the course

This course has been designed for registered health and social care professionals with an interest in becoming a work place mentor to students studying on NMC/HCPC approved programmes.

This course offers you the opportunity to gain the skills required to meet your professional body‘s standards or guidelines in order to become a mentor in your place of work. You will study the theories, debates and skills associated with being a mentor.

You will also explore the nature and assessment of learning and apply this to the concept of a learning environment.

In order to undertake this course you will require access to both a student for a minimum of three weeks (whole time equivalent 112.5 hours) and a mentor. The mentor will support you and contribute to your assessment whilst undertaking the course.

Teaching and assessment

Your studies will be directed and supported via the University's virtual learning environment, where collaboration tools, notes, slides, hyperlinks to videos and other learning materials will be available. You are not required to attend the University.

You will be assessed in practice by mentoring a student under the supervision of an already qualified mentor. You will also be required to complete coursework. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.


To undertake the course you will require access to a student for a minimum of three weeks (whole time equivalent 112.5 hours) and a mentor. The mentor will support you and contribute to your assessment for the course. Under the supervision of your mentor, you will undertake the role of the student's mentor and will support and assess the student for a period of at least three weeks.

Entry requirements

You must: Be a health or social care professional currently registered to practice in the UK. Nurses and midwives must have 12 months post-registration experience (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2008). Have the written support of the designated signatory authorised by your employer, or your manager if no designated signatory is appointed. Have a named mentor who is recognised as this by your profession’s standards/guidelines and access to an identified Student who you will mentor for at least three weeks and the support of your manager. Nurses and midwives must also have arrangements for at least 5 days protected study time (NMC Standards 2008). Have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. Have the ability to access and use online study guidance and support.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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