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Multiprofessional Support for Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentorship) (L6 CPD unit)

This undergraduate CPD unit can be taken as a credited or uncredited course by nurses, midwives, speech and language therapists, and other health professionals.

Course overview

Our Level 6 Multiprofessional Support for Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentorship) CPD unit focuses on the theory and practice of learning, teaching and assessing in practice.

It is suitable if you are a qualified nurse, midwife or another health professional, such as a speech and language therapist, who supports students or others to learn in practice.

Upon completion of the course, you will: 

  • meet key standards identified by the NMC, Health and Care Professions Council, and Higher Education Academy for continuing professional development;
  • have developed the skills necessary to support learning and assessment in practice as part of an effective, supportive and dynamic learning process;
  • be able to critically analyse and evaluate your role as a student mentor and develop innovative approaches to supporting students' learning in practice;
  • be prepared to learn and work inter-professionally as you develop and share your knowledge and skills with professionals from other areas of healthcare.

Profession-specific learner requirements are embedded in the unit where appropriate. 

The course will improve the breadth and depth of the knowledge, skills and experience of educators and the quality and capacity of placement provision within the NHS and industry.

This unit awards 20 undergraduate credits upon completion. You can also take it as a non-credit bearing course.

If you already hold an undergraduate degree, you may be interested in the Level 7 (postgraduate) version of this unit.

Fees, course duration and dates

See our Level 6 CPD unit schedule for details of fees and dates for upcoming courses.

Further course information


There are two components to the assessment for the credit-bearing version of the course: 

  1. A Practice Assessment Document comprising all eight standards as defined by the NMC (2008) Standards to support Learning and Assessment in Practice and incorporates the HCPC Standards (2016). You must demonstrate achievement of all eight standards in practice assessed by a qualified mentor/practice educator and graded on a pass/fail basis.
  2. A 1,500-word reflective account on the experience of becoming a competent mentor/educator linked to a specific standard.

For the non-credit bearing version of the course, only the first component will be used.

Entry requirements


  • Must have access to a qualified mentor/educator to support/assess the practice component of the course unit.
  • Must have access to a learner/student in order to complete the Practice Assessment document.
  • Must be registered with the NMC, HCPC or other professional body. If professional registration is not appropriate, applicants must have achieved GCSE English at Grade C or above or equivalent.
  • Must have successfully studied at Level 5.

*'Health professional' in the context of this programme refers to registered nurses, midwives or allied healthcare professionals (AHPs) in direct clinical contact with patients and registered as such with the UK NMC, HPC or their equivalent in other countries.

Higher Education Institute: Additional Information/Personal Statement

  • You should include details of your current post and your role and any previous study at level 5 and 6.
  • You should also outline the reasons for wishing to undertake this CPD unit.

How to apply

Applications should be received by the University at least eight weeks before the preferred intake. 

If you are a self-funded or organisation funded (non-SLA) applicant, you need to complete the CPD application form (Word, 58KB).

Contact us

If you have a question or would like more information about this course, you can contact us by emailing