How to become a learning mentor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a college course to help you get started in this career. Courses include:
- Level 2 Award in Mentoring
- Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Award in Information and Advice for Supporting Learner Progression
- T level in Education and childcare
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, for a level 3 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You can do an advanced learning mentor apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can volunteer to mentor children or young people.
You can apply directly to get into this type of work. You'll normally need:
- a good standard of general education, especially in literacy and numeracy
- experience of working with children or young people, either through paid work or volunteering
Experience of other types of mentoring outside of education may also be helpful. Examples are peer-to-peer mentoring on anti-bullying projects, supporting people with disabilities or helping young people with health-related issues.