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Mentoring: Introduction to Principles and Practice

Mentoring: Introduction to Principles and Practice


This course aims to develop an understanding of the key concepts associated with effective mentoring, consider the skills and attributes of effective mentors, and evaluate the outcomes of positive mentoring relationships.

At the end of this module, students will be able to

  • Explain key concepts and principles of a mentoring relationship.
  • Analyse the skills required to develop an effective mentor/mentee relationship.
  • Evaluate the outcome of a mentor/mentee relationship. 

What you will study

Indicative content will include:

An exploration of the key concepts and principles of effective mentorships, such as:

  • Definitions of mentoring
  • The purpose and benefits of mentoring
  • Skills and Qualities of effective mentors
  • The role of the mentor
  • Key stages of the mentoring cycle
  • The mentoring relationship

Skills and Qualities of effective mentors:

  • Assumptions, attitudes and values
  • Interpersonal behaviour
  • Communication skills
  • Equal opportunities and respecting diversity
  • Working with others to develop plans and goals
  • Reviewing progress towards the achievement of goals
  • Dealing with challenging statements
  • Building rapport
  • Developing empathy
  • Questioning styles
  • Active listening


Understanding the mentoring relationship:

  • Important factors in beginning a supporting relationship
  • Ground rules in mentoring
  • Defining boundaries
  • Confidentiality
  • Limits of mentoring relationships
  • Ending a mentoring relationship in a planned and positive way 


Students will work in small groups to prepare a 10-minute poster presentation explaining the key concepts and principles of mentoring. This will include a poster of 2000 words, followed by a 10-minute presentation and then questions.

Students will work individually on a case study scenario and will be asked to analyse the skills required to develop an effective mentoring relationship and to evaluate the outcome of the mentoring relationship in the case study scenario.

Career prospects

Being an effective mentor is a great skill for those wishing to study further on Youth and Community Work, Social Work, Education and Families and Childhood programmes.


20 credits at level 4.

Course start dates



Wrexham Campus



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Successful completion of this course and assessment results in 20 university level credits at level 4 and a certificate of participation


Please note: Due to the changing coronavirus situation we may need to cancel or postpone future face to face courses. If you do decide to book and a course is cancelled you will be offered a full refund.

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