FE Sessional Lecturer in Counselling

University of Derby

Job details


Buxton & Leek College

Responsible to

Curriculum Leader – Health and Business


Buxton & Leek College (Buxton/Leek Campus)


£24.85 per hour

Closing date

Sunday 9 July 2023

Contract type


Post type

Hourly paid



Please note: applicants already contracted to full-time positions within the University are not permitted to undertake additional contracted hours due to the weekly working time directive.

About the role

Buxton and Leek College was recently graded as a “Good” college by OFSTED and has a team of dedicated staff who take pride in supporting learners towards their study and career goals. Our students have access to industry standard facilities, comprehensive support services and benefit from extensive links with the University of Derby. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our hugely successful Counselling team and be part of the college’s journey to becoming an outstanding provider.

About the role

We are a successful and established further education (FE) College looking to recruit a Sessional Lecturer in Counselling on an hourly paid basis. You will join a team of highly skilled lecturers with significant industrial experience with chance to enhance and support the curriculum area by delivering high quality lessons from Level 2 – Level 4, and assisting the learners in achieving their qualifications and career progression. 

The role is ideally suited to candidates who are seeking part-time work whilst developing their career. 

Our adult learners are fantastic students who are a pleasure to work with and we offer excellent facilities and resources. You should hold or be willing to undertake a Level 3 teaching qualification and will be able to teach adults with diverse ranges of abilities in an engaging and inclusive manner. 

Actual hours and days will be described in a ‘Schedule of Work’.

Principal accountabilities

  • To teach effectively (including the necessary preparation) using a variety of methods on appropriate programmes as directed by the subject Curriculum Leader.
  • To assess and record students’ progress on a regular basis by appropriate means e.g. marking, internal verification, learning agreements, action plans etc.
  • To respond to the personal and social needs of students in the learning situation.
  • To prepare programmes of work and lesson plans, set assignments, tests, examinations, marking schemes.
  • To ensure that all appropriate administrative records are accurately completed and maintained in accordance with College procedures, e.g. enrolment forms, attendance registers, student Individual Learning Agreements.
  • To ensure that students behave in a responsible manner to a high standard of safety in classrooms, practical areas and around the College and University campus.
  • To comply with the requirements of Health & Safety, other relevant legislation and College documentation.
  • To comply with copyright and software licensing legislation and related University procedures.
  • To undertake appropriate training and Continuing Professional Development activities as requested by the Curriculum Leader.
  • To work with support staff, programme and course teams as appropriate.
  • To ensure that the College’s Quality Assurance Procedures are completed and actioned.
  • To contribute to the marketing activities of the College.
  • To comply with the requirements of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, Prevent, Health and Safety and other University and College policies including Equal Opportunities, Risk Management and Equality and Diversity.
  • Attendance at the following Boards/Meetings, where it is appropriate and where meetings can be arranged to fit in with other commitments:
    • Development meetings
    • Probation and Development Review
    • Course/Team meetings
    • Any relevant meetings associated with internal and/or external periodic scrutiny (e.g. OFSTED)

    All staff should be aware of the importance of their own and the University’s joint responsibility to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults.

    Person specification
    Essential Criteria

    • Hold or be willing to undertake a Level 3 teaching qualification e.g. Certificate in Education
    • Level 2 Qualifications (either in Functional Skills or GCSE A-C) in both English and maths or a willingness to achieve within an agreed timescale
    • Relevant vocational qualification


    • Demonstrable evidence of ability to engage with learners to support high quality learning outcomes

    Skills, knowledge & abilities

    • Highly developed communication skills
    • Ability to use own initiative
    • Ability to work effectively on your own and with a small team
    • Well-developed administrative and organisational skills
    • Ability to work flexibly within a team
    • Good time management skills

    Business requirements

    • Completed DBS check with child barred list
    • Prohibited from Teaching check
    • A commitment to the principle of widening participation
    • A commitment to continued professional development
    • A commitment to the College’s values and behaviours
    • A willingness and flexibility to work across College sites and externally in a cost effective and timely manner

    Desirable Criteria

    • Assessor Awards


    • Experience of delivering teaching or training programmes to post 16 age group
    • Experience of Internal and External Verification processes
    • Practical experience of promoting equality and diversity.

    Skills, knowledge and abilities

    • Knowledge of the latest developments in Education and Training
    • A knowledge of appropriate progression routes for students

    How to apply

    You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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    If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at [email protected] .

    Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

    Important information

    Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

    Please consult the Home office website for further information.

    DBS check

    Buxton and Leek College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. An enhanced DBS check will be required, depending on the nature of the role. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and only used when considering your suitability for the post.

    To enable us to process your DBS check please ensure you are able to supply the documentation listed on the DBS website at interview stage.

    Equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing

    The University of Derby is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. However you identify, we actively celebrate the knowledge, experience and talents each person brings.

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