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Mentoring and Learning Support

Course aims

These qualifications are designed to be an introduction to the skills required to support learners in a wide range of contexts. They will offer the opportunity to understand how to support others to learn and to recognize a range of challenging issues and identify ways to overcome them.

What could these courses lead to?

These courses can lead to employment as an assistant in a school setting and as a route into higher education.

Job roles include: Classroom Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Worker within a Special Educational Needs team, Workplace Mentoring, Working in  a charity, Own a business, Prison or Probation Service, Retail and Hospitality, Sport

In 2018-2019, the average salary was £24,117.

Course details


Mentoring - Level 1 Award

Course length
70 hours – usually 35 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Who is this course for?
This qualification is designed to introduce people to some basic mentoring skills and their application to work roles and everyday life contexts.

Entry requirements
Learners must be at least 18 years old.

You must have English at least at level 1 and Maths at Entry 3 or above.

All applicants must be interviewed prior to being accepted on to the course.

Course content
You will learn about:

  • an insight into the role and good practice of mentorship
  • a clear idea of the mentor/mentee relationship
  • specific skills and understanding required in order to mentor
  • how to review your own learning and performance in the mentoring role.

Will I gain any qualifications?
You will gain an NCFE Level 1 Award in mentoring.


Learning Support (Mentoring) - Level 2 Certificate

Course length
105 hours – usually 35 weekly sessions of 3 hours.

Who is this course for?
This course is for those who want to practice and refine mentoring skills and support others in a wide range of contexts, with a view to looking for work as mentors.

Entry requirements
Learners must be at least 18 years old. You must have English at level 2 or above and Maths at level 1. Learners should already have completed Mentoring at level 1or have relevant work experience.

All applicants must be interviewed prior to being accepted onto the course.

Course content
You will learn about:

  • how to support others to learn and progress
  • how the ability to learn can be affected by a wide range of personal, social or environmental factors.
  • the steps needed to build and negotiate a mentoring relationship
  • building and maintaining your own mentoring relationship for the duration of the course.
  • enrichment activities
  • voluntary placement

Will I gain any qualifications?
You will gain an Ascentis Level 2 Certificate in Learning Support, including units in mentoring and negotiation skills.


How will I learn?

You will be taught and supported by a tutor. You will be expected to attend your group once a week and take part in group and paired activities and discussions. You will build a portfolio of evidence and complete specific tasks with the guidance of your tutor. Independent study and research are required.

Your commitment as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly and on time. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

Life Coaching Studies - Level 3 Certificate                                                        Course Length

105 hours - usually 35 weekly sessions of 3 hours.

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for those who wish to take the first step in training to be an

independent life coach. It is suitable for those who want to use life coach skills and

technique in a variety of setting and roles.

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 18 years old. You must have English at level 2 and Maths at level 1. You should already have completed one of the following qualifications. Level 2 award in introduction to Counselling Skills.Level 2 Award in Effective Listening Skills; Level 2 Award in Listening Support Skills; Learning Support (mentoring) level 2 certificate; Health and Social Care level 2.

There is no requirement for external personal life-coaching sessions. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates undertake some form of external personal development. There is no requirement for client work, but the candidate can use the skills and techniques learned in both the workplace and in personal settings.

Additional assessment requirements - You will complete an externally assessed one hour written paper, under exam conditions.

You also need to complete 10 hours of group supervision within the classroom.

All applicants must be interviewed prior to being accepted onto the course.

Course content

You will learn about:

  • preparing for work within an ethical framework for life coaching
  • managing the life coaching alliance
  • supporting clients to reach their goals
  • applying an understanding of self to life coaching work
  • using life coaching skills and theory to enhance practice
  • reflecting on practice to enhance life coaching work
  • enrichment activities
  • voluntary placement

Will I gain any qualifications?

You will gain a CPCAB Life Coaching Certificate at level 3

What could this course lead to?

Level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching or Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Therapy.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success, you will need to attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need a pen, paper and two folders. You will be required to buy a dictaphone and three are also course books that you will be required to buy.

Other information

Although no formal qualification is required to practice as a life coach, a level 4 in Life Coaching would be recommended to start a private practice.

Advance Learner Loans

Learners may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan. To find out more go to

www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan 

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