Associate Lecturer - ESOL (Bedford)

Bedford College are currently recruiting for a flexible hourly paid Lecturer (Teacher) of ESOL and Functional Skills at our Bedford College Campus.

Lecturers at Bedford College, play a pivotal role in the success of our students through:

  • Enrichment Activities: Engage learners in the wider community through extracurricular activities, teaching life skills, and character development.
  • Teaching Strategies: Use a range of teaching methods, materials, and ILT resources to encourage learners’ skill development and understanding.
  • Assessment and Monitoring: Track student progress, participate in standards moderation, and report on student achievements.
  • Professional Knowledge: Understand curriculum development, learning theory, teaching approaches, and assessment methodologies.
  • Inclusive Learning: Consider cultural diversity, learners’ entitlements, and individual needs while promoting effective learning.

Ideal Candidates will have;

  • Demonstrable knowledge of Equality and Diversity
  • Demonstrable experience & success in teaching ESOL at a range of levels
  • Ability to teach across a range of ages (16-18 and adults) and educational backgrounds ranging from basic literacy to HE
  • Excellent communication skills, specifically the ability to communicate simply, clearly and with empathy with speakers of other languages


  • Degree or equivalent in related subject area – ESOL/English Language
  • Teaching Qualification specific to ESOL (CELTA or Trinity)
  • Willing to work towards the DET (Diploma in Education & Training) or PGCE (Post-graduate Certificate in Education)

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational VISION values:

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • Student Centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

What is an Associate?
Associates work on a short term basis as assigned. They teach or provide support services and they work with and are supported by core staff. As an Associate you will be issued with an Associate agreement, under this Agreement period you will be eligible to work on assignments offered to you. Typically an agreement runs from January to December and may be renewed thereafter.

About The Bedford College Group
The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students
The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

Contract Type - Flexible

  • Peoples Pension
  • Free on-site parking (subject to availability)
  • Retail and leisure discounts

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link