Find out what to expect when you apply for a job with us.
How to Apply
You can apply online, download our application form or call us to receive a paper application form.
We do not accept CVs and preference will always be given to direct applicants over agencies.
After the closing date for applications we’ll start making our shortlist. The candidates are assessed anonymously and we check to see who meets the essential and desirable criteria for the role.
Candidates who make the shortlist will be invited to an interview. We normally arrange this by email but if no email address is provided we’ll notify you by post.
If you’re unsuccessful you’ll be told by email and you are welcome to call us and ask for feedback.
Identity and Criminal Record Checks
If you’re invited to an interview you’ll need to bring proof of your entitlement to work in the UK and your qualification certificates.
The person specification will indicate where a Criminal Record Check is required in the essential criteria. If the post requires a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS, formerly CRB) you will be asked to bring documents to prove your identity and address which can be a bill, bank statement or other similar document.
This information will be photocopied at your interview and will be destroyed if you are not the successful applicant.
If you are successful at being short-listed, you will be invited to an interview.
The selection process may include other activities such as an IT test, work based exercises or scenarios, or a micro-teach where relevant. Your invitation to interview will tell you if other activities will be part of your assessment.
Our selection process always includes an equality and diversity case study and a safeguarding scenario. This is a written exercise which helps us to ensure that all of our staff are committed to equality, diversity and safeguarding from the start of their employment.
Potential lecturers will be asked to do a ‘micro-teach’ (a 10 or 20 minute lesson) on a relevant topic. This will be presented to the interview panel or a group of students. An Activ-board with Power-Point software is available if you wish to use it.
You’ll be expected to treat the interview panel as a class of students. Please tell them if your lesson assumes a certain amount of knowledge in the topic you’ve chosen.
At the end of the lesson the panel (or students) may ask questions on your approach to teaching.
We’ll assess your lesson on the following criteria:
• Lesson coherently planned with aims and objectives
• Abilities of students taken into account
• Methods of delivery are appropriate to the subject and learners
• Understanding of lesson content
• Demonstration of current knowledge
• Students are interested and motivated
• Learning is checked frequently
If You Get the Job
Candidates who are successful at the interview will normally be told within 48 hours by telephone. A conditional offer of employment will be made, subject to pre-employment checks including...
• A minimum of two satisfactory references (one must be from your current or most recent employer).
• Vulnerable adults and children’s barred list.
• Receipt of original certificates of qualifications.
• Confirmation of entitlement to work in the UK.
• Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS, formerly CRB), where applicable.
When these checks are complete we’ll confirm the offer and send you a contract of employment.
Induction and Probation
When you join you’ll be given a corporate induction which will last either one and a half or three days, depending on the role. You’ll learn about our core values, vision and direction, and the standards we expect of our employees. You’ll also learn more about our internal systems, our IT, and the ongoing support you’ll receive from a variety of departments.
New Lecturers learn more about how we teach at the College, the standards we aim to achieve and the support that’s available to do this.
The induction is followed by a probationary period with ongoing training in safeguarding, equality and diversity.