Job details


Further Education Division

Responsible to

Curriculum Leader


Buxton & Leek College (Buxton/Leek Campus)


£23.06 per hour

Closing date

Sunday 2 May 2021

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

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated Sessional Lecturer in Counselling to teach across a range of evening FE and HE Counselling programmes.

Applicants should be qualified to level 4 or above in a counselling related field and will be able to teach a diverse range of topics. Some experience of working from a psychodynamic perspective is preferred.

Significant experience in a counselling role is desirable, however consideration will be given to recent graduates with good communication skills who are looking to pursue a career in teaching. A financial contribution towards a Cert Ed/PGCE will be available to the right candidate.

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 team on our journey to becoming an outstanding provider.

Actual hours and days will be described in a 'schedule of work'.

Principal accountabilities

  1. To teach effectively (including the necessary preparation) using a variety of methods on appropriate programmes as directed by the subject Curriculum Leader.
  2. To assess and record students’ progress on a regular basis by appropriate means e.g. marking, internal verification, learning agreements, action plans etc.
  3. To respond to the personal and social needs of students in the learning situation.
  4. To prepare programmes of work and lesson plans, set assignments, tests, examinations, marking schemes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To comply with the requirements of Health & Safety, other relevant legislation and College documentation.
  8. To comply with copyright and software licensing legislation and related University procedures.
  9. To undertake appropriate training and Continuing Professional Development activities as requested by the Curriculum Leader.
  10. To work with support staff, programme and course teams as appropriate.
  11. To ensure that the College’s Quality Assurance Procedures are completed and actioned.
  12. To contribute to the marketing activities of the College.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. 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



Skills, knowledge and abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

Find out more about pay and benefits

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.

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

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

Important information

Please note, unfortunately due to the SOC level and salary associated with this post we would be unable to sponsor any applicants requiring a skilled worker visa. For further information, please visit the skilled worker visa page at

If you wish to discuss your individual Visa arrangements in relation to this role, please contact us at

DBS check

If you are successful, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The post for which you are applying is exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 requiring any spent convictions to be declared. 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.


Our number one priority is to keep our staff, students and community safe as we continue to work through the pandemic. Upon appointment, full training will be given on the Health and Safety processes we follow.

Find out how we are ensuring the safety of our staff, students and community

Further details

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