Introduction To Mentoring (Level 1 Award)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 289 Conc £34 Full £892

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00 13 MAC 12/11/2019 31/03/2020 TT1000

What will the course cover?

The role of a Mentor; How Mentoring works; Preparing for the role of a Mentor; Understanding how to work safely as a Mentor; Benefits of Mentoring; The main tools used by Mentors; Preparing for a mentoring session; Review your own practice/performance as a Mentor.

Who is the course for?

For individuals who wish to train to become Mentors and provide positive support for others. This qualification will enable you to understand the role of a Mentor and be aware of the skills needed to become an effective Mentor. The skills learnt on the course will be transferable into any mentoring environment. Learners may wish to train in becoming a mentor prior to further training in Youth Work, Teaching, Counselling, Advice and Guidance or Coaching.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Individuals should have an interest in Mentoring . Learners should be able to read and write to Level 1 standard. The interview process consists of a short interview and an assessment.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Clearly explain the role of a Mentor; Demonstrate through role play, how Mentoring works; Provide a list of the benefits of Mentoring; Discuss how to follow good practice in Mentoring; Provide a reflection of your own learning and work performance.

How is the course organised?

The course is usually delivered over 10 weeks, covering various units with a range of assignments. The course allows time for practical experience and personal development. Learners are expected to hand in assignments on time, as there are very tight deadlines which need to be met. Each learner will have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which is reviewed and discussed with your tutor on a regular basis. Each learner will also have an individual tutorial with the course tutor. There is also a candidate learning log to document weekly personal reflection.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

This course requires at least 6 hours home study per week. In order to successfully complete the course you will need to demonstrate that you have completed and passed all assignments on time, as well as producing a portfolio. To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre, or at your local library.

How will my progress be assessed?

The course will be assessed through: assignments, projects, reports, role play, discussions, practical demonstrations and your completed portfolio. The assignments and portfolio will be marked by an Internal Verifier (from ALSS) and then by an External Verifier from the accrediting body (NCFE). Successful students will receive a Level 1 NCFE Mentoring Award certificate.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Further training in Mentoring; Introduction to Teaching; Basic Counselling; Information, advice and guidance.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A pen and notebook, a file folder to store handouts. You may benefit from investing in another book to supplement your learning: The Mentoring Manual: Your step by step guide to being a better mentor (ISBN 1292017899) Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring (ISBN 113891374X)

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.