Teacher of Psychology and Criminology or Health & Social Care (A level, Applied General Certificate/Extended Certificate)

F/T Salary based on Sixth Form Colleges’ Pay Scale currently up to £39,329.p.a 
dependent 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 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.

The post is open to new entrants to the profession (NQT’s) as well as experienced teachers. The College has strong induction and staff development programmes, including very good support arrangements for newly qualified and qualifying staff. Remission time from timetabled teaching classes is provided for NQT’s to support their training and development.

The Department has a strong team working ethos, is very supportive and there are excellent schemes of work in place. A departmental mentor will work with the appointee to support their development and 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 although there is the possibility of arranging commencement in the mid to late May period.

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant should have a good honours degree in Psychology, Criminology or a related subject and a PGCE or equivalent teaching qualification.

Applicants should be hardworking, enthusiastic and have a high level of commitment. They should have an interest in new developments and a specific ability to focus upon fostering the learning and ensuring the success of 16-18-year-old students. Experienced candidates should have achieved excellent levels of value-added achievement and, for Post 16 work, retention levels.  A high level of integrity is required.

Responsibilities of the Post Holder 

The duties of the post will include the following:

  1. Teaching Psychology (A Level) and Criminology or Health & Social Care (Applied General Certificate/Extended Certificate 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 and keeping up to date in the subject area including undertaking appropriate INSET.   All staff in the department are encouraged, in the medium term, to develop the flexibility to teach on a mix of courses.  We welcome applicants with a range of interests and experiences.
  2. Working with and being responsible to the Head of the Psychology Department, and the relevant course leaders, with respect to matters concerning the delivery of the departmental courses and other related arrangements including teaching, learning, assessment, target setting, reporting and monitoring.
  3. Generally participating in departmental matters, such as meetings and the work of the department, educational initiatives, curriculum development and developing and sharing resources.
  4. Assume the role of Personal Tutor (see Pastoral section)

Nature of the Department and Courses Offered

Psychology is a very popular subject, offered at A Level (AQA) with approximately 1000 students at the College studying the course. The department also offers level 3 Criminology BTEC (Applied General Certificate/Extended Certificate) with approximately 250 students studying the course. Some staff within the department have also contributed to the teaching of Health and Social Care BTEC (Applied General/Extended Certificate) which is taught within a large Sociology Department. There are currently 14 teaching staff within the Psychology Department.

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.

Departmental examination results have been consistently strong as indicated by the level of pass rates, percentage of high grades and levels of value added achievement and retention.

The department has good resources including detailed schemes of work, student study packs, textbooks and an 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. 


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.


Good teaching facilities are available with each department having its own self-contained suite of rooms with projectors. 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.

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.

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 submitting by post please send to:

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


Closing Date:  Midday Monday 2nd March 2020