Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Distance Learning) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course offers you an 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. This includes studying the theories, debates and skills associated with being a mentor.

You will also explore the nature of learning and the 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.

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:


15 weeks, distance learning


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.

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


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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.


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.

Career opportunities

This short course will assist you to meet the specialist skills and post registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.

Professional links and accreditations

This specialist skills and post registration development short course will assist you in developing the competencies required to meet the standards and guidelines set by your professional body for learning and assessing.

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. Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy*.

∗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.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

This course may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their Funding Guide.

Other information

The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time courses application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Closing dates:
For commencement in September 2017 the closing date is 31 July 2017. For commencement in January 2018 the closing date in 27 November 2017. For commencement in May 2018 the closing date is 24 February 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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