Head of Subject for Spanish (A level and GCSE) and teaching a second subject

Salary based on Sixth Form Colleges’ Pay Scale, with Management Responsibility, in a range up to £41,091.00 pa (2019/20 and 2020/21 pay awards to be added)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and skilled candidates for the above post - which offers an excellent opportunity to work in a management role within a strong Modern Foreign Languages 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 department is one of the largest MFL Sixth Form providers in the country with a wide spread of course offering.

This is a full-time role and involves management of the Spanish subject area and teaching Spanish at A level and GCSE, and also teaching another cross college or MFL subject to ideally at least first year A level standard. Applicants should clearly indicate the second subject they could offer.

The post arises from the retirement in Summer 2020 of the current Head of Spanish. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the post from 1st September 2020.

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant should have successful experience of teaching A level Spanish, a good Honours Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant MFL subject(s) and a PGCE or equivalent teaching qualification.  

Applicants should be energetic, well organised, enthusiastic and committed to fostering the learning and development of 16 to 19 year old students. A high level of integrity and professionalism is important.

The MFL Department has a strong team working approach and a supportive ethos.

Responsibilities of Post Holder

The duties of the holder of this post include:

  • Leading and Managing the Spanish curriculum area within the MFL Department. This includes organising wider opportunities for students studying Spanish including exchanges and/or visits to Spanish speaking countries. The duties of the Head of Subject role are detailed in the Head of Subject job description (see separate document within the additional resources box at the left of this page)
  • Working with and being responsible to the Head of Modern Languages Department with respect to those matters concerning the management of the Spanish subject area and delivery of the courses.
  • Teaching Spanish courses (A level and GCSE ab initio) – and also the teaching of a second subject to at least first year A level standard.This involves all those constituent duties expected of a professional teacher, such as preparation of work, counselling and assessing students and keeping up to date in the subject area by means of reading and appropriate INSET.
  • Participating in departmental matters, such as meetings and educational initiatives.
  • Undertake the role of Personal Tutor – see Pastoral section

Nature of the Department and Courses Offered

There are currently eight teachers within the Modern Foreign Languages Department and the team is supported by specialist teachers for Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Language Assistants provide conversation classes in French, German, Spanish and Italian.  Four of the current team provide Spanish teaching; four staff contribute to French teaching, two to German and two to Italian.  Most members of the department teach more than one MFL subject and others contribute to curriculum areas outside of the department.

French, German, Spanish and Italian are taught to A Level.  Spanish numbers have progressively grown over the years. There are currently 35 students studying Year 1 A level Spanish (in two separate classes) and 20 students in Year 2. The department also offers one-year ab initio courses in Italian and Spanish at GCSE Level to good linguists.  The students then have an opportunity to continue to study A Level if they wish.  The department also currently teaches a range of IB Diploma MFL courses but from September 2020 the college will no longer offer the IB programme.

For all A Level courses, we are currently mostly using AQA (Edexcel for Italian) specifications but departments at the College are able to make their own decisions regarding the exam boards to use for each of their courses.

‘Introductory Latin’, ‘Introductory Japanese’, ‘Continuing Japanese’ and ‘Introductory Mandarin Chinese’ courses are also offered as part of the College Additional Studies programme and there is extra-curricular provision of Ancient Greek – organised by the Classical Civilisation subject area. This can result in a GCSE entry.

Departmental staff are involved in organising, leading and supporting a series of international trips, visits, exchanges and activities each year as well as organising a Languages Day and International Christmas Carols.

The department aims, where possible, to support individual students from particular backgrounds who wish to enter A Level exams in other foreign languages e.g. Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Dutch, Latin, Bengali.  Although this does not generally involve direct provision of teaching facilities, staff will help direct students to relevant resources and past papers etc. and may on occasion advise students regarding ‘private tuition’ arrangements or correspondence courses available where applicable. The department will help the students organise exam entries at the College.

The department has consistently achieved excellent exam results on all courses, including value added achievements, and has high retention levels.  Good numbers of students choose to progress to study language degree courses at university.


Excellent teaching facilities are available to the 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 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 assuming a Management Responsibility role would involve a salary up £41,091.00. Salaries are reviewed by national negotiation with effect from 1st September each year. (2019/20 and 2020/21 pay awards pending).

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.

Closing Date: 12 noon Monday 24th February 2020

Interviews are likely to take place w/c 2nd March 2020