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Facilitating learning in practice: mentorship portfolio assessment

This is a nursing practice-focused course. You must be able to demonstrate that you are currently on the NMC Professional Register as a Registered Nurse. This offering is not suitable for Midwives.

This course involves the completion of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that you have undertaken mentoring activities, under supervision, in supporting nursing students in clinical practice. There is no taught component to the course and you are required to work on the portfolio independently with advice and guidance from your mentor in the practice setting.

You will be provided with a completion certificate on successful completion and verification of your portfolio.

Standalone study only

You will not be awarded credits for studying this course. It is available for standalone study only and cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.

Short course

Short course code
This is a non-credit bearing course.
Study method
Distance Learning
Short course cost
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Entry requirements
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What you will study

This course consists of a portfolio only and should be studied in conjunction with Facilitating learning in practice: an OpenLearn resource (KG005) which provides the theoretical underpinnings related to mentorship practices. To complete this course you will need to be able to work with an experienced mentor who is on the same part of the NMC register and is working in the same field of practice as you. You must be able to collect evidence to demonstrate increasing confidence and competence in your ability to mentor and support nursing students in clinical practice. You will be assessed against defined NMC mentor competencies.

Evidence of completion of KG005 as well as up to date details of your mentor are required in order to be awarded the completion certificate for KG006.

Successful completion of KG006 provides the evidence needed to apply for entry to locally-held mentor registers. 

You must demonstrate a minimum of 10 days learning of which at least 5 days must be protected learning time within NMC Mentorship programmes. Protected learning time must cover both theory and practice.

You will learn

Note: These outcomes reflect the learning on completion of KG005 and KG006.

You will:

  • consider strategies that assist learners to integrate learning and consider the effectiveness of assessment and impact of feedback to learning and development. 
  • demonstrate skills in identifying opportunities for, and constraints that exist for, learning. 
  • develop your skills for reflection on practice and feedback so that you optimise the learning of self and others, 
  • critically reflect on your developing mentor role; including working in partnership with others to promote high quality learning and assessment experiences for a range of learners.

Vocational relevance

Completion of KG006, with completion of KG005 will provide evidence that you have met the relevant requirements to apply for registration on locally-held mentor registers. This will allow you, in your professional nursing practice roles, to support and assess pre-registration nursing students. You should note that this course does not prepare you to act as a sign-off mentor.

Professional recognition

This course (KG006), along with KG005, meets the requirements of NMC mentorship preparation provision.

Learner support

Expert, confidential learner support is available when you need it from a learning adviser, who will respond to you direct within 24 hours. Other support is available via the course forum, library, StudentHome website and computing helpdesk.

Work-based activity

KG006 requires you to build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate competence against NMC requirements. This will require practice-based application of learning and reflection on such practices. As part of this learning, you will be supported and guided by an experienced mentor (supervisor) who will assess your competence in mentoring skills.

Teaching and assessment


Assessment is undertaken by an experienced practice mentor (supervisor) who will make judgements as to whether the student demonstrates competence in mentorship as defined by the NMC from the evidence sources that you present in your portfolio. This mentor must themselves be on a locally-held mentor register, have completed an NMC-approved mentorship preparation programme and be from the same field of practice in order to support and assess you. 

You have three opportunities to submit your hardcopy KG006 portfolio, in April, June or October. The actual dates available to you will depend on when you register onto the course. Further information about submission dates are available on the course website once you have registered and completed the Additional Registration Details webform.  


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Entry requirements

    KG006 is designed for qualified nurse registrants who are seeking eligibility for entry to local mentor registers through an NMC approved mentor preparation programme. Those registering onto KG006 must be able to demonstrate current registration as a Registered Nurse on the NMC Professional Register.

    You can register on KG006 at any time and you will be sent a paper-based portfolio. In the meantime, after registration, you can get a real feel for what is required by accessing the portfolio and the related information on the KG006 website.

    On first accessing the KG006 website you will be asked to confirm certain details in order to provide assurance that you have the necessary arrangements in place to successfully complete KG006. You will need to have your own NMC PIN and that of your mentor who will be supporting you.


    Start End England fee Register
    At anytime Flexible - see Entry requirements for more detail £450.00 Register

    Ways to pay

    Credit/Debit Card – We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron.

    Sponsorship – If this course is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could ask your employer to sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. Your sponsor just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.

    The fee information provided here is valid for short courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Fees for short courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year or later may increase in line with the University’s strategic approach to fees.

    What's included

    Students will have access to the following:
    • Paper copy of the portfolio.
    • KG006 resource website that will provide links to supplementary resources; an electronic copy of the portfolio and access to the tutor-moderated forum.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    The course is delivered online and makes use of a variety of online resources. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs. If you are a new learner with the OU, make sure that you look at our website.