Teacher of A level Biology

Full or Part time, casual cover role
Hourly rate of remuneration £28.65 per teaching hour

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the above casual cover A Level Biology teaching role. The department is a large department and cover needs arise from time to time.  You will be provided with support and guidance including study packs and course material etc to facilitate a smooth transition to working with our highly motivated students.

The role offers an excellent opportunity to work in a large and strong department in this highly successful sixth form college. The College holds Good Ofsted status and also Beacon status - one of the first four sixth form colleges in the country to be awarded the latter.

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant should have a good honours degree in Biology and a PGCE or equivalent teaching qualification and/or experience of teaching or lecturing.

Applicants should be hardworking and enthusiastic. They should have an interest in and focus upon fostering the learning and ensuring the success of 16-18 year old students. A high level of integrity is required. 

Responsibilities of the Post Holder 

The duties of the post will include the following:

  • Teaching Biology to A Level.  The teaching duties involve all those constituent duties expected of a professional teacher, such as preparation of work in line with departmental schemes of work incorporating the requirements of relevant specifications, counselling and assessing students.  
  • Working with and being responsible to the Head of the Biology Department.

Nature of the Department and Courses Offered

A level Biology (AQA Specification) is a large subject area at the College, having approximately 200 students in each year cohort.  A Levels are delivered as two-year ‘linear’ courses. There are currently ten teaching staff within the department and a team of technicians support practical activities.

Departmental examination results have been consistently strong (A Level results were really outstanding in 2018 and 2019) as indicated by the level of pass rates, percentage of high grades and, most significantly, the levels of value-added achievement and retention. A high proportion of our students progress to study Biology or related Science subjects at H.E.

The department has good resources including exam pack and e-book.  An extensive range of teaching and learning materials/resources are also available. The approach to the subject is varied; it involves a wide range of teaching and learning styles and there is an emphasis on a student centred approach. 


Excellent teaching and laboratory facilities are available to the Biology department within its own self-contained suite of rooms, with projectors or interactive whiteboard facilities.  The department is well-resourced with a wide range of textbooks and self-provided support materials within the classrooms as well as the College intranet.  There are good IT and internet facilities within the College including the provision of the ‘Moodle’ Virtual Learning Environment to which the departments are fully actively involved.

To apply a College application form (please see link at top left of this page) must be completed and submitted to humanresources@colchsfc.ac.uk or if sent by mail to the address below (unaccompanied CV’s or third party application forms will not be accepted).  Please note that our interview process will require that you attend the College in person as we do not offer a remote interview process.

Human Resources Department
The Sixth Form College, Colchester
North Hill
Essex CO1 1SN

Applications will be assessed as they are received and interviews may occur at any stage after applications are received. Please therefore apply as soon as possible.