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Mentoring and Support (via Blended Learning)

About the Course
Level

Certificate

Duration

Part-time for six months

Introduction

Recent government policy has led to the rapid expansion of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services for adults, to the creation of the Connexions Service and Children’s Trusts 13–19. These initiatives have increased the need for professional support services to adults and young people who can provide mentoring support to a very diverse group of learners in contexts such as school and community education, training for work and for professional development for those in employment. This course is aimed at those who are currently engaged in a mentoring or support role, or for whom such skills would be relevant in the future.

Aim of the Course

To support participants in the development of effective mentoring practice.

You will be enabled to build on your existing knowledge and skills to develop a high level of competence within the context of your mentoring and support practice. You will explore the principles and practice underpinning current mentoring and support practice, and will be able to apply this knowledge in your own mentoring and support practice. 

Course Outline

The course consists of a combination of one-day seminar sessions, work based learning, directed reading and Blackboard based discussion. These sessions will take place over approximately five months, with additional time to complete assessed course work. The course is organised as follows:

Session One

  • Introduction to the coursethe mentoring context, introduction to models of mentoring, introduction to Blackboard as a discussion tool.
  • Work based learning tasks - completion of tasks and contribution to Blackboard discussion.
  • Directed reading - using focus questions to complete reading and contribution to Blackboard discussion.

Session Two

  • Mentoring Skills Workshop (to be held at Salomons Interview Training Suite) – the mentoring relationship; role play exercises and feedback.
  •  Work based learning tasks: completion of tasks and contribution to Blackboard discussion.
  •  Directed reading: using focus questions to complete reading and contribution to Blackboard discussion. 

Session Three

  • Bringing together the learning from the course
  • Assignment workshop.

Examples of work based tasks may include: Discussion with colleague about mentoring in the organisation, discussion with a mentee about their expectations and experiences of the mentoring process, analysis of a mentoring session.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyse their own mentoring practice in relation to the context in which they are mentoring, including organisational factors which affect mentoring.
  2. Identify future trends in mentoring e.g. e-mentoring and consider the implications for their mentoring practice.
  3. Identify and analyse a range of models of mentoring appropriate to their mentoring practice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain a mentoring relationship. 
  5. Reflect critically on their own practice to identify areas for further development.

Where is the Course Taught?

For individual applicants, the course will be taught at one of the University’s campuses, probably at the Salomons Campus at Southborough, near Tunbridge Wells, or at the Medway Campus. Organisations choosing to sponsor an entire course will have the option of negotiating a local venue.

The Mentoring Skills Workshop (session 2) will be held at Salomons Interview Training Suite for all groups.

How is the Course Delivered?

The course will be delivered by blended learning which involves a range of methods including one-day seminar sessions, work based learning, directed reading and Blackboard (VLE) based discussion. 

Attendance

Attendance at the taught seminar sessions is important and contributes to the development of a collaborative group. Work based learning and contribution to Blackboard discussion is flexible and can be completed to fit in with your other commitments, as can the directed reading.

How is the Course Assessed and Accredited?

The course carries 20 credits at HE Level 4.

The course is assessed through three pieces of written work: a short report relating to your own mentoring practice and the context in which this takes place, a piece of reflective writing drawing your learning and development during the course, and completion of the work based learning guide.

What Resources will I need?

You will be provided with an outline work based learning guide, a booklist and information about the Blackboard based elements of the course at induction in session 1. You will have full library access at all sites of the University.

You will also need access to the Internet in order to access the Blackboard based elements of the course.

Costs

 Up to date fee information is available here.

Please note that the fee charged may vary according to your Entry Level Qualification (ELQ).

Selection Criteria

The course is intended for people who are working with young people and who wish to develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis for work with adolescents. Participants will normally have A-level or equivalent qualifications for entry to this HE Level 4 course.  

Contact Details

Application forms are available from:


Jacquie Minter-Owen
Administration Office
The Centre for Career and Personal Development
Canterbury Christ Church University
David Salomons Centre
Broomhill Road
Southborough
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN3 0TG

Telephone: 01892 507500
Fax: 01892 507501

For further information about the course, contact Alison Fielding.
Email: alison.fielding@canterbury.ac.uk

Salomons Website