Taught course

School-Based Mentoring

University of Buckingham · School of Education

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Entry requirements

For entry onto the MA in School-Based Mentoring candidates will need to be a practising school-based mentor for a trainee teacher or NQT.

Months of entry


Course content

Course outline

Our MA in School-Based Mentoring is a 2 year, part-time course for teachers with responsibility for mentoring trainee teachers in their schools. The course assesses candidates against the National Standards for School-Based Mentors. The first year of the course (PGCert – 60 Master’s Credits) is deeply practical and includes the following:

1 day seminar at the University of Buckingham on the processes involved in mentoring a school-based PGCE trainee

  • Collection of evidence via eportfolio against the National Standards for Mentors
  • 2 visits from a University Tutor to guide development and assess progress
  • 2 written assignments

The second year of the course centres on the writing of a dissertation on school-based mentoring. This will involve:

  • conducting a literature review (30 credits)
  • a design and research project (30 credits)
  • the writing of the final dissertation (60 credits)

Course content

The 1 day seminar at the University at the start of the year will cover:

  • contemporary issues in coaching and mentoring
  • how to conduct a literature review
  • psychological principles in the practice of coaching and mentoring
  • research methods and ethics academic writing

We welcome applications from school-based mentors overseeing the progress of a University of Buckingham PGCE trainee, as well as those mentoring a PGCE student from another university.

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,275 - £3,725
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Nikki Mugford
+44 (0)1280 820279