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Mentoring PgCert


The PgCert in Mentoring addresses the specific development needs of staff who work with early career teachers or practitioners. Participants come from a range of settings, including: primary, special, secondary, FE, EYFS etc. This course enables you to gain knowledge and understanding of mentoring. You'll develop your professional mentoring skills and a personal theory of action for mentoring.

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8 top reasons to study Mentoring here

Professional links: London South Bank University and Southwark Local Authority are delivering this course in a collaborative partnership.
Grow personally and professionally: Raise your self-awareness of your coaching and mentoring skills and in doing build your strength and capabilities, including the ability to articulate your ideas with confidence.
Academic progression: Graduates of the PgCert Mentoring can progress on to a full MA in Education.
Flexible teaching: The course is taught through lectures, discussions, workshops, video presentations and blended learning methods.
Experienced teachers: all academics are ex-teachers and have years of experience in the education industry.
Put theory into practice: Evidence-based discussions and opportunities to put theory into practice will allow you to enhance your professional practice in managing, evaluating, and supervising work-based mentoring schemes.
Global perspective: Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.
Evening classes: Suitable for people already in work and looking to enhance their CV and expertise, this course is offered through evening classes.

This course covers...

  • Professional evidence: to promote your critical understanding of research, evidence and practice in the broad field of mentoring beginning teachers/practitioners
  • Professional development: to provide you with opportunities to develop critical reflective practice; exploring the different models, tools and techniques used in mentoring and coaching (as well as the theory that underpins them)
  • Professional values: to develop your abilty to design and conduct inquiries into your own and others' professional practice
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus


  • Mentoring and Education in context (30 credits, Level 7)
    This module addresses the specific development needs of staff who work with teachers or practitioners. This module enables you to gain knowledge and understanding of mentoring. You'll be encouraged to make a reflective examination of your current experience in your work setting. Through an exploration of a range of mentoring models, you'll develop your professional mentoring skills and a personal theory of action for mentoring.
  • Mentoring in leadership and management in Education and related contexts (30 credits, Level 7)
    This module enables you to gain knowledge and understanding of mentoring focusing on beginning teachers /practitioners through reflective examination of your own and others’ models. Through an exploration of a range of mentoring and coaching models and approaches to development, management, supervision and leadership of mentoring, we'll develop your professional skills and a personal theory of action relating to development, management, supervision and leadership of mentoring.


Assessment of Module 1:

  • Reflective literature review of six articles selected from the set readings for this module. 3000 words.
  • Poster  - Focusing  on one element of mentoring in your setting which is supported by critical discussion of theory arising from your literature review (2000 word equivalent). The poster should include discussion of theory and practice

Assessment of Module 2:

  • 5,000-word case study - based on development, management, leadership and supervision of a mentoring scheme in setting. (This should include: theorised critical reflections and ideas for further developments of the mentoring scheme and your leadership role within this.)


This course will enable participants to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills and become  reflective practitioners
  • Articulate informed opinions with confidence
  • Become aware of theoretical frameworks and current political agendas
  • Develop practice in managing, evaluating, and supervising work-based mentoring schemes.

The content has been specifically designed to provide personal and professional development for staff who work with early career teachers or practitioners. Course participants come from a range of settings, including: primary, special, secondary, FE, EYFS etc.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Gianna Knowles

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Head of Partnership (ITE)

Gianna Knowles is a Principle Lecturer and Head of Partnership (Initial Teacher Education).  She began her career in education working in North London primary schools. She has also taught in schools in the Midlands and has worked in Leicestershire's Local Authority educational advisory services. More recently she has been working in universities, lecturing in Educational Studies and Initial Teacher Education, which has included teaching at the Högskolan i Jönköping, the University of Jönköping in Sweden.

Gianna's research interest is in the area of diversity, inclusion and social justice. She has published a number of books aimed at teachers in training and those already working in education to help them understand and explore these issues.

Dr Nicola Martin

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Job title: Head of Research, Higher Degrees and Student Experience

Nicola has a PhD focussing on inclusive practice with autistic university students. She has 35 years’ experience in education working with disabled pupils and students from nursery age to adults in FE and HE and an international research profile in the field.


Teaching and learning

A range of teaching and learning methods are used:

  • Face-to-face seminars with small groups (approx. 20 students)
  • 1:1 tutorials are provided to support assignment planning
  • Access to LSBU support for learning service where relevant
  • Access to LSBU library and the Learning Resources centre
  • All seminar-based materials will be available via the LSBU VLE (Moodle)
  • Elements of e-learning are built into all modules
  • Some modules could include elements of Distance Learning.

Contact hours:

  • 252 self-study hours (per module)
  • 24 Student managed learning hours:
  • 24 School /setting-based hours

Entry requirements

Applicants should usually have qualifications that demonstrate that they are suitably prepared for Level 7 study in the professional practice context.  

This will normally mean:

  • A good first degree (with a classification of 2:2 or above) and evidence that applicants are able to write at this level
  • Applicants related to or working in the field of education
  • Or work in a capacity of being a mentor, or looking to progress into a management role 

Final decisions about suitability for the course are taken, as far as is possible either in consultation with the school / setting in which the applicant is based, or by the Course Director from an assessment of the standard application form.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
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Application code
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Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

At LSBU, you will be required to provide:

  • Original proof of all of your existing qualifications related to your course offer at LSBU. For example, original A-Level certificates or original Degree certificate.
  • Details of how you will pay your tuition fees if you are funded via Student Finance England or another sponsor, or payment if you are self-funded.
  • Two original forms of ID which show your full name and date of birth and immigration status. For example your passport or birth certificate. Please note some applicants will be required to show additional evidence to verify your immigration status.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction on MyLSBU, our student portal.

Preparatory reading list

  • Roadford C. (2016) The first years matter : becoming an effective teacher : a mentoring guide for novice teachers  Thousand Oaks : Corwin
  • Schleicher, A (2016) Teaching Excellence through Professional Learning and Policy Reform : Lessons from around the World. OECD Publishing
  • Smith, T., Desimone L,  Porter A. (ed) (2012) Organization and effectiveness of induction programs for new teachers. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
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