Taught course

Mentoring and Coaching Beginning Teachers

University of Nottingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent); applicants must be working as a mentor to beginning teachers or have negotiated access to a mentor/mentee arrangement in a school.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching Beginning Teachers has been developed to meet the continuing professional development needs of school and college teachers who fulfil roles as the mentors to initial teacher education (ITE) students and early career (newly qualified) teachers (NQTs).

Across the diversity of routes into teaching, this programme addresses the specific development needs of staff who work with beginning teachers in primary or secondary schools. The programme has been designed to follow the development of a training teacher or a newly qualified teacher and the associated mentoring relationship across the year. It affords opportunities for teachers to consider the work they undertake at university based mentor sessions alongside the work they carry out with beginning teachers in schools. Alongside this element of the programme which is rooted in practice there will be a structured programme of taught sessions and activities designed to offer a theoretical perspective and critical reflections on how best mentoring practices can enhance the development of both the beginning teacher and the mentor. The programme will appeal to new and experienced mentors and coordinators in schools.

The course aims to:

  • promote your learning through the development of your knowledge, skills and understanding of mentoring practice with beginning teachers
  • provide opportunities to develop critical reflective practice
  • promote the critical understanding of research, evidence and practice in the broad field of mentoring beginning teachers
  • support your capacity to design and conduct inquiries into your own and others’ professional practice

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Education web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12-18 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559