Teacher of Health & Social Care and Sociology or Criminology (A level/Applied General)

F/T Salary based on Sixth Form Colleges’ Pay Scale currently up to £39,329 pa 
dependant on skills and experience
(2019/20 and 2020/21 national pay awards pending) 

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the above full time teaching post, which offers an excellent opportunity to work in a large and strong Sociology and Health & Social Care 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.

The post is open to new entrants to the profession (Trainees or NQT’s) as well as experienced teachers. The College has a strong staff development programme and very good support arrangements for newly qualified, qualifying or trainee staff (please see separate details of the College Traineeship scheme). Remission time from timetabled teaching classes is provided for qualifying or trainee staff to support their training and development.

The Department has a strong team working ethos, is very supportive and excellent schemes of work for all courses are in place. A departmental mentor will work with the appointee to support their development in their first year. There is also an excellent college wide support and development programme for all new staff.

The successful applicant will be expected to take up the post from 1st September 2020

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant should have a good honours degree in Sociology, Health & Social Care or a related subject and a PGCE or equivalent teaching qualification. (For a trainee there would be a requirement to undertake a locally based 2-year part time PGCE course from September 2020 alongside ‘on the job’ training - please see separate details of the College traineeship scheme)

Applicants should be hardworking, enthusiastic and have a high level of commitment and ability to focus on fostering the teaching and learning and personal development of 16-19 year old students. They should have an interest in new teaching and learning developments and a high level of integrity. Experienced candidates should be able to evidence excellent levels of value-added achievement and, for Post 16 work, high retention levels.

 Responsibilities of the Post Holder

The duties of the post will include the following:

  • Teaching Health & Social Care and Sociology or Criminology courses. 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 and keeping up to date in the subject area including undertaking appropriate INSET.  
  • Working with and being responsible to the Head of the Sociology Department and the specific Heads of Subject for the Health & Social Care, Sociology or Criminology subject course areas with respect to those matters concerning the delivery of the departmental courses and other arrangements.
  • Generally participating in departmental matters, such as meetings and the work of the department, educational initiatives, curriculum development and developing resources.
  • Assume the role of Personal Tutor (see Pastoral section)

Nature of the Department and Courses Offered

The Sociology Department offers Applied General Certificate/Extended Certificate (BTEC) level Health and Social Care, A level Sociology (AQA) and GCSE Citizenship courses. There are currently approximately 510 students studying A level Sociology and around 190 students studying Applied General Health and Social Care. Approximately 55 students are studying GCSE Citizenship.

For the 2020/21 academic year the department is likely to have nine full time and three part time teachers. Departmental staff work in a range of specific course teams as well as working as a department as a whole to ensure high quality delivery of teaching and learning in all course areas. There are well developed schemes of work in place for the Sociology and Health & Social Care courses. The department uses resource based teaching approaches to a significant extent, although a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies are adopted. Moodle (VLE) is used as a support to teaching and learning. Some departmental member contribute to the teaching of courses in other departments eg Criminology.

The department has achieved excellent examination results, including in value-added terms, and also sustains high levels of student retention. The department have offered students a series of wider curricular related experiences including trips to New York and a major annual Sociology conference.

Criminology (WJEC – Certificate and Extended Certificate level) is taught within a large Psychology and Criminology Department. There are teaching contributions to this course from members of both the Sociology and Law Departments as well as from members of the Psychology Department. Approximately 250 students study Criminology. More information regarding the specific courses can be found in the Course Information Sheets which can be located via the Courses tab on the home page.


Excellent teaching facilities are available with each department having its own self-contained suite of rooms, with projectors or interactive whiteboard facilities.  Departments are well resourced with a wide range of textbooks and support materials both 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 in which the department is fully actively involved.


All qualified and experienced full time teaching staff are expected to fulfil both an academic teaching role and a pastoral role in the College and act as a Personal Tutor to a group of about 25 students.  This involves staff in all aspects of tutorial work including guidance, pastoral support, first level safeguarding, monitoring and encouraging progress, contact with parents, writing reports, compiling student references and the delivery of part of the College's Personal Tutorial programme during the timetabled Tutorial Period.  For a full time role a firm commitment to this aspect of teaching in a sixth form college is essential.  It is possible that this role will be assumed in the first year of appointment for experienced staff and would apply from the second year for staff new to the profession.

Wider Contribution

Full time College teaching staff may also have opportunities to contribute to the EPQ Programme or the Additional Studies programme in College.  This is very wide ranging and can often enable staff to contribute particular skills and interests where they meet College needs.  There is always scope for extra-curricular contributions. Applicants should indicate if they have particular interests and this would be discussed at the time of interview.


Annual salary for a qualified teacher will be in accordance with Sixth Form Colleges’ Teachers Pay Scale, which from appointment for a full time post currently involves a salary of up to £39,329.00. (Plus 2019/20 and 2020/21 pay awards) Salaries are reviewed by national negotiation with effect from 1st September each year. Sixth Form College sector conditions of service apply which are very similar to schools sector arrangements. Progression through the Teachers pay scale is subject to acceptable annual performance appraisal. Alternatively, please see information regarding the College Traineeship Scheme if this is relevant.

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 (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. If submitted by post please send to:

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

Closing Date: 12 noon Tuesday 25th February 2020

Interviews are likely to take place after 5th March 2020