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Learning mentor

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Learning mentors support students and trainees who need extra help with their learning.

Average salary (a year)

£16,500 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 40 term time

You could work

evenings attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become Learning mentor

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could do a college course to get some of the skills you'll need as a learning mentor. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Award in Mentoring
  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • T Level in Education and Early Years

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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You could do a Learning and Skills Mentor Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.

This takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You'll find it useful to get some volunteering experience, working with children or young people. You can find opportunities through Do IT and NCVO.

Direct Application

You could apply directly to become a learning mentor. The qualifications and experience you'll need will vary depending on where you work.

You'll usually need paid or voluntary experience of working with children or young people. Employers may also ask for GCSEs, or equivalent, in English and maths.

You might find it useful to have mentoring experience outside of education, such as:

  • supporting disabled people
  • helping young people with mental health issues
  • mentoring someone to start their own business
  • peer mentoring on anti-bullying projects

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Further information

You can find out more about working in learning mentor and support from the Education and Training Foundation.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a learning mentor you could:

  • support students in lessons and activities
  • build relationships with students and promote positive behaviour
  • create action plans with students and monitor their progress
  • keep records, prepare reports and give advice to families
  • work with teachers and other professionals like social workers, education welfare officers and educational psychologists

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, at a school or at a college.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in working with particular groups, like excluded students. You could also become a senior mentor.

With further training, you could move into:

  • student advice and guidance
  • teaching
  • counselling
  • educational welfare
  • social work

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Teaching Assistant Level 4 Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,480 to £22,308 a year Annually
  • Location: Cannock

Courses In England

Peer Mentoring

  • Start date: 04 November 2024
  • Location: BARNSLEY

L2 Award in Mentoring

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Oldham

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