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Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring (fully online)



What will I learn?

Course Info

This is a six-month online course worth 60 credits at level 7.

From September 2021 all schools need to apply the Early Careers’ Framework process to their Early Career Teachers. This requires good mentors.

This programme is a distance learning course, which comprises two 30 credit modules at Level 7 that will include covering many aspects of the Mentor Standards (DfE National Standards for school-based mentors, 2016). Examining these standards enables participants to be able to respond to demands from Ofsted regarding the quality of mentoring in their community. Looking at the Mentor Standards will be combined with rigorous academic study at Masters level, evaluating and critiquing a range of academic research relating to mentoring and relating to leadership skills and behaviours, integrating research with practice throughout. Students will be able to critically analyse, engage in and reflect on mentoring and evaluate the implications for their own educational setting. They will be expected to develop their ability to explore what it means to be a critically reflective practitioner in their work as a mentor.

Teaching & Assessment

This course will be taught online through 22 twilight webinars across two terms. You will have direct access to your own personal tutor.

Assessment is carried out through written assignments. Guidance and support are given through the courses regarding the expectations of writing at Master’s level.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (6 months)

Tuition fees
£1,400.00 (US$ 1,739) per year
Total cost:£1,400.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2023


University of Buckingham

Hunter Street,



MK18 1EG, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

In order to study at postgraduate level (Master’s degree), you will generally need to have attained: A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised higher education institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (the level will differ for each school of study). A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised higher education institution equivalent to a British Bachelor’s (Honours) degree, with a minimum of a 2:2 (the level will differ for each school of study). IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).

For international students

To apply for this course, you must: have a UK degree (2.2 or above). For equivalent qualifications, contact education@buckingham.ac.uk to confirm that your qualification meets the University entry requirements; be working as a mentor in an educational context. Ielts average score of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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