NCUK IFY International Relations Teacher Vacancy at British Study Centres - London Hampstead

British Study Centres – London Hampstead is currently hiring for an NCUK IFY International Relations Teacher to join them at the beginning of the new academic year.

Please see below for information on requirements, experience and contact details for your application.

  • Job Title: NCUK IFY International Relations Teacher
  • Department: Academic
  • Reports to: NCUK IFY Programme Manager/ Academic Director BSC Worldwide
  • Number of Reports: 0
  • Hours of Work: 4 hours per week
  • Working Pattern: 4 hours over one/ two days per week between Monday to Friday
  • Contract Type: Fixed term between October 2019 and June 2020
  • Location: BSC London (Hampstead and Central London)
  • Salary Range: Highly competitive

Purpose of Role

British Study Centres is an accredited partner of NCUK who have almost 30 years of success in guaranteed university progression and progression opportunities. Upon successful completion of the programme, international students are guaranteed a place at one of the NCUK universities including the University of Manchester, University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield.

British Study Centres London, Hampstead delivers the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) in Business and Humanities providing access to a wide variety of degree programmes

Teaching in UK universities may be different to the methods that students have experienced so far. NCUK qualifications are designed to equip students with the independent learning skills they will need to succeed when they progress to university study. Teachers will ensure that students have the opportunity to develop the study skills required to plan their own workload and find the motivation, discipline and time to study and learn. All instruction will support the key principle that in UK universities it is important for students to take responsibility for their own learning in order to succeed. Teachers will aim to develop students as confident, independent learners who are able to reflect on learning, so that they recognise and react appropriately to their strengths and weaknesses. Each teacher will follow the relevant NCUK module syllabus in order to:

  • Deliver the subject using methods commonly used in UK higher education – lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop classes, together with case studies and surveys, laboratory and practical classes.
  • Give students the opportunity to practise a wide range of study skills including individual and group presentations, project work and extended assignments
  • Where appropriate, make classes as student-centred as possible.

Integration of teaching between subject module and EAP tutors helps students acquire and apply the skills necessary to succeed at university in the UK. There should be regular discussion between the subject module teachers and EAP teachers on the preparation and delivery of lessons. Areas for discussion and collaboration can include: upcoming lecture/tutorials, areas where students are struggling, assessments, etc.

General Duties

  • Teaching in line with the set NCUK syllabus and guidelines.
  • Teaching lessons according to the NCUK approach, materials and principles and according to all BSC PDR and accreditation criteria.
  • Providing cover for absent teachers according to the needs of the school.
  • Appropriate planning and preparation of lessons in line with the NCUK syllabus.
  • Setting, marking and correcting of regular assessments and homework in accordance with the NCUK Academic Handbook.
  • Assisting in invigilating, testing and assessing the level of students when required.
  • Attending all staff meetings and teacher development seminars as required.
  • Collaborating and liaising with other teachers, colleagues and professionals to support and maximize student progress and performance and reporting to the Programme Manager/School Director any welfare issues.
  • Being familiar with the NCUK Academic Handbook and all academic NCUK documentation and any relevant up-dates.
  • Supporting and advising new and less experienced or qualified teachers when required.
  • Assisting in handing out and collecting student questionnaires and feedback.
  • Overseeing the general welfare of all students and responding appropriately.
  • Undertaking pastoral duties where relevant.
  • Managing student behaviour in the classroom and on school premises, and applying appropriate and effective measures in cases of misbehaviour.
  • Ensuring safeguarding policies are adhered to and report suspicions, allegations or incidents to the designated member of staff at your centre (usually the School Director/Academic Director).
  • Complying with all Experience English/ British Study Centres and NCUK policies.
  • Completing all paperwork relating to lessons including schemes of work, work records, tutorial records, assessment administration, and registers at the beginning of every lesson and notifying the correct member of staff of any absence or lateness.
  • Ensuring learners are clear about the requirements of the course throughout the year and any relevant regulations pertaining to the school and their course.
  • Any other ad-hoc duties as required.

Experience & Qualifications Required

  • A relevant academic qualification at UK graduate level such as International Relations, History, PPE etc. (Essential).
  • Relevant teaching experience, normally minimum two years (Essential).
  • The ability to contribute to integrated teaching across the curriculum (Essential).
  • An understanding of UK higher education and the needs and requirements of international students (Essential).
  • Direct experience of further and higher education in an international context (Essential).
  • A recognised teaching qualification in relevant subject (Desirable).
  • Experience of the development of academic programmes (Desirable).
  • Experience of academic assessment and standards, and of quality assurance procedures (Desirable).
  • Experience of teaching non-native speakers of English (Desirable).
  • An understanding of private sector education (Desirable).


  • A record of achievement in teaching.
  • Competence in the effective use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).
  • Proven planning and organisational skills and an ability to take initiative within curriculum and policy objectives.
  • The ability to contribute to study programme development.
  • The ability to set, review and mark formative and summative assessments in line with a published syllabus.
  • A record of attention to detail, thoroughness and fairness.
  • The ability to prioritise, meet deadlines, work under pressure and, when necessary, with minimal resources.


  • Ability to respond to last minute changes
  • Willingness to take on new challenges, possibly outside own ‘comfort zone’
  • Able to ‘think on own feet’ and manage the unexpected
  • Understands that the needs of the school may require flexible, mutually understood approaches to work

Customer Focussed

  • Responds to customer requests promptly
  • Treats all customers with respect
  • Does not assume the needs of customers
  • Is able to see things from customers’ points of view
  • Check with customers to ensure satisfaction
  • Knows how to manage customer expectations and inform customer clearly on this

Self Awareness

  • Understands own strengths and weaknesses
  • Is able to recognise how own feelings and emotions may impact on others
  • Accepts feedback as constructive and is not defensive
  • Understands expectations of others

Analytical & Problem Solving

  • Is disciplined and organised
  • Able to deal with large amounts of data and make sense of it
  • Has a measured and organised approach to solving problems
  • Breaks down large amounts of work into smaller, manageable parts
  • Is quick and effective at processing information

Cultural Understanding

  • Is open to new ideas and differences and shows willingness in understanding of own and other cultures
  • Recognises the need for flexibility and sensitivity in dealing with cross-cultural issues.
  • Adapts behaviour to context and culture of people communicating with
  • Uses experience to improve self-awareness and increase own cultural knowledge
  • Judges situation based on a good knowledge of a range of cultures

Good Communication

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills including native speaker level fluency in English. Numerate and articulate.
  • Is friendly and optimistic with people s/he meets
  • Understands what needs communicating and how, when and to who
  • Knows how to communicate with confidence and appropriateness to a situation
  • Is open about discussing their own role and work
  • Understands the importance of everyday courtesy

Working with Others

  • Understands and works on team success for the whole team
  • Understands own role and expectations of their role in their own team and the wider school team
  • Has a strong awareness of how team dynamics work
  • Treats the concerns of other departments as important
  • Co-operates to meet team goals even at expense of personal preferences


  • Outward looking and student sympathetic.
  • Flexible with the ability to solve problems, to put in the time necessary to do the job, to take decisions and to accept responsibility.
  • A willingness to learn, to improve personal teaching effectiveness and adapt.
  • Credibility with colleagues and in the wider international academic community.
  • Practical with high integrity, honesty and ethical standards.
  • Enthusiastic and committed with stamina and a positive attitude.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, then please submit your application including a C.V. and cover letter Angela Signorastri at

Key Dates

Application Deadline:                      Friday 4th October 2019

Expected start date:                       October 2019