Mentoring in Education, Training and Professional Development

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyWestminster Business School

This CPD module develops participants' mentoring skills and knowledge, and provides them with strategies and resources to enable them to support and guide their mentees.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a long-term relationship that meets a professional development need. A mentor facilitates personal and professional growth in an individual by sharing the knowledge and insights that have been learned through the years. Simply put, mentors are people who help others to succeed.

Why become a mentor?

  • you will be able to help your students and colleagues make significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking
  • you will be able to use your mentoring and coaching skills to provide effective support, advice and guidance
  • you can improve your CV and enhance your career prospects
  • you will be able to mentor new staff or colleagues in the lifelong learning sector or in higher education

What our students say

Watch our video to see our students comment on why they have taken the Mentoring in Education, Training and Professional Development course.

Courses open for booking
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
31 October 2016 9 evenings Mondays 5pm-8pm on: 31 October 2016; 7 and 14 November 2016; 5 and 12 December 2016; and 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2017. £975 Apply via UKPASS

Course content

The module aims to:

  • enable you to plan and deliver subject-specific and peer mentoring through using effective observation, feedback and support
  • enable you to analyse the way that your own attitudes, values, beliefs and life experiences influence your approach to mentoring
  • enable you to begin, sustain and end a mentoring relationship in the contexts of professional tutoring, subject-specific mentoring and mentoring new staff in the higher education and lifelong learning sectors
  • enable you to engage mentees in a two-way mentoring partnership

Watch our video to find out what is at the heart of Mentoring in Education, Training and Professional Development. Course leader Dr Rebecca Eliahoo explains what practitioners get from this practical work-based Master's-level module:


  • Session 1 – the role and characteristics of mentors in the LLS: introduction to the course, participants' roles and work contexts, the role and characteristics of mentors, mentors' concerns, how to write reviews
  • Session 2 – peer observation and feedback: the nature and methodology of observing in the classroom, providing support and challenge in verbal and written feedback
  • Session 3 – the influence of values, attitudes and life experiences: reflections on the ways that mentors' values, attitudes and life experiences affect mentoring practice
  • Session 4 – theories and ethics in mentoring: recognising critical incidents in mentoring and examining ethical and theoretical frameworks
  • Session 5 – managing the mentoring relationship: the skills needed to manage the mentoring relationship including questioning, reflecting back, challenging and reframing
  • Session 6 – mentoring yourself, the reflective mentor: the nature of professional knowledge and reflective practice, the challenges and rewards of mentoring
  • Session 7 – creating a mentoring 'architecture' in your organisation: the range of institutional strategies needed to support and enhance the effective mentoring of trainee lecturers in the lifelong learning sector and lecturers in HE
  • Session 8 – ending the mentoring relationship: the need for a closing ritual that acknowledges the transition to a more informal connection between mentor and mentee
  • Session 9 – mentoring workshop: devising mentor self-evaluation strategies and evaluating the module

Successful participants will gain 20 credits at Level 7 from the University of Westminster and this module may be used for the accreditation of prior learning for relevant Master's in Education courses.

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent), demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area, and be teaching at least 72 hours per year at UK higher education level 4 or above, including in further education, private college settings and internationally (international qualification levels taught will be checked against UK equivalents).

Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

Guidance for internal applicants

If you are a University of Westminster employee or PhD student, we require less information from you as we already hold some of it in the HR systems. We have produced a document to take you through the UKPASS process and let you know what you need to fill in. Please download and refer to our UKPASS application guide (PDF).

Internal applicants (including PhD students) also need line manager approval to gain exemption from course fees. Please complete the fee exemption form (DOC) and upload it when applying through UKPASS.