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Sessional Tutor in Biology

Kaplan International Pathways

Our approach to teaching:

At the heart of our educational approach is a belief in supporting students to become independent, motivated learners who will thrive in higher education. To do this, we recognise the need to provide a flexible, responsive experience which meets needs of learners who differ in background, requirements and pace.

Our classrooms are active learning spaces and lessons are primarily student-centred. By introducing students to material before class, we use classroom time for discussion, real-world problem solving and project work, with a strong emphasis on group work and pair work. Technology is embedded into our approach – both physically within each classroom as well as within each curriculum area – from use of engaging multimedia study materials to convey concepts through to online testing in class which allows us to assess students’ understanding in ‘real time’. Providing an individualised, differentiated learning experience is also a key strand in our approach. Students are involved in shaping their programme so that they specialise in their area of interest according to their strengths and intended progression route and get the chance to undertake projects personalised to their interest and path.

For many – tutors and students alike - this is a very different model for learning but one which results in highly engaged students who take responsibility for their academic success.

Our students learn in a wide variety of ways, enabling them to develop the behaviours and skills needed for university in the UK. As students move through their programme, teachers will be directing, guiding and supporting them in different ways at different times.

The focus will be for students to participate in: 

  • a range of learning activities including: active learning, workshops, laboratory sessions, online support through the VLE, project-focussed and other Applied Learning tasks as well as more traditional lectures and seminars
  • assessment to receive feedback on their work so they may improve, and to arrive at their summative marks. Some assessment will be digital, some non-digital; projects, group and individual assignments will all feature.
  • activities with Learning Advisors, including reviewing progress, ensuring VLE engagement and being taking up support/intervention/stretching activities so they can achieve their potential. Students may also be signposted to other non-academic support as needed.
  • work to support the development of their e-Portfolio

Your role

Your role with include all duties associated with planning, preparing, delivering learning experiences for students including: 

  • Teaching students content in the relevant subject area as outlined in the module specification, at foundation certificate (RQF Level 3) and/or pre-masters (CEFR B2 level)
  • Delivering lessons and other learning activities that engage and inspire students to achieve and learn effectively
  • Embedding appropriate digital technologies in learning and assessment methods, so that it adds value or creates efficiency or improves student engagement
  • Working with colleagues to ensure consistency of delivery of content and assessment processes and sharing these across the Kaplan International Pathways network
  • Supporting students to develop their e-portfolio
  • Adjusting and adapting content, where necessary, to suit the needs of learners

You will also

  • Implement a range of innovative teaching methods at engage and meet the needs of all students
  • Deliver a range of enrichment and enhancement activities that raise students’ aspirations and achievements using relevant industry and academic networks
  • Implement module examinations and other forms of assessment, marking, providing feedback to students as well as moderation and standardisation meetings
  • Support the use of digital technologies in learning activities and develop your own competencies through personal and professional development;
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the College Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of student attendance and performance and use these to inform reports to stakeholders
  • Participate in regular meetings with teaching and support staff and represent the College at appropriate events and meetings
  • Act as a Learning Advisor including reviewing students’ progress, checking on VLE engagement, monitoring welfare and offering support/intervention where required
  • Advise on e-portfolio development
  • Participate in all relevant administration and organisational tasks; registering student attendance; fulfilling any other duties as designated by the College Management

You may also have opportunities to:

  • Contribute subject expertise for content and assessments across a range of modules
  • Create and update learning and assessment content
  • Devise and develop teaching methods and tool

About you:

You will enjoy working with international students, be student focussed, be open to change and development, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and be fully committed to ensuring all our students’ success. You will need: 

  • Experience of teaching to post 16 students (a teaching qualification would be an advantage)
  • The ability to plan, deliver and review a range of learning activities that guide and support students to achieve and flourish
  • The ability to develop and update innovative teaching material that engages all students
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a range of different teams in order to continually improve the student experience
  • Flexibility and willingness to work under pressure to deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • A strong commitment to continuous professional development and a proven track record of using this to enhance the student experience
  • Demonstrable experience of using technology to inform teaching practice and a willingness to embrace innovations
  • A Post Graduate qualification but strong first degree or relevant professional experience will be considered
  • If teaching English language, then a DELTA or equivalent qualification. Those with CELTA plus relevant experience will also be considered.

Special Requirements

The post holder will be required to have a DBS check.

Equal Opportunities statement

At Kaplan International, we are committed to working in a diverse organisation and strive to provide equality of opportunity for all. We encourage and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or identity, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnership.

Disclaimer and revision date

This is a non-exhaustive list of the duties of the above role and the person specification of the job holder. The Company reserves the right to amend this document as the needs of the business require.

About us:

Kaplan International Pathways, a division of Kaplan Inc., offers international students a wide range of flexible study options - from University preparation programmes in the UK, Australia, USA and Japan through to full degree programmes in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Through our academic partnerships with leading universities, our expertise in student recruitment, our exceptional teaching and a real focus on customer service and pastoral care, each year we are proud to welcome thousands of students from more than 100 countries through the doors of our colleges.

In the UK, we operate 9 campus-based colleges in partnership with Bournemouth University, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, University of Brighton, University of Essex, University of York and University of West of England, Bristol and an off-campus college in London offering pathways to 7 leading well-ranked UK universities.

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £33.97 Hourly rate
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th October 2021
Closes: 13th December 2021
 
   
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