We require a Short Course Tutor for Level 4 in Preparing for Sustainable Futures to join us on a fixed-term part-time basis from 3rd April until 9th June.

Hours: 160-hours are available for the preparation and delivery of this course, with 3-hours required per week to deliver the course virtually on Wednesday evenings in April and May, and one weekend in-person session to be delivered on 3rd – 4th June.

This role is initially for delivery of one instance of the accredited short course but we anticipate that additional opportunities may arise in future to deliver this or other courses.

Reports to: Christianne Wakeham (COO) for overall direction and Tom Sperlinger (Academic Lead) for academic input

Hourly Rate: £18.82 (inclusive of holiday pay allowance)

Location: Some office-based work in Talgarth and remote work by arrangement, with the final weekend session to be on-site at Troed-yr-Harn Farm, Talgarth.


Background of BMC:

Black Mountains College (BMC) is a unique rural College based in Talgarth in the Brecon Beacons National Park. BMC re-imagines what education is for and how it is delivered. Our unique programme connects the environment, society, and the individual to produce rounded, resilient leaders.

We are now in our second academic year, and we have students of all ages and backgrounds participating in our Level 2 NVQs in Regenerative Horticulture, and Sustainable Coppicing and Greenwood Trades. We have a varied short course programme and have a recently validated degree – BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University which is accepting applicants for a September 2023 start.


Purpose of the role:

The Short Course Tutor will lead the delivery of a new 20-credit Level 4 short course, Preparing for Sustainable Futures: Imagine, Transform, Adapt. This course is designed to introduce a range of skills required for study at degree level, with a particular emphasis on those required to study on the BMC degree. You will lead the delivery of the course. The course will be delivered via 6 x three-hour online sessions to be held on Wednesday evenings in April and May plus a weekend face to face two day residential in early June.

We are looking for a tutor who has experience of delivering study skills courses and of some of the key subject areas studied on the BMC degree, including arts, ecology, systems change, creative practice, environmental management, sociotechnical systems etc.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Academic Lead to plan the course in detail, including appropriate session plans for each session.
  • Lead on/deliver 6 three-hour online sessions and liaise with the BMC team to bring in guest speakers to contribute to 3 – 4 of these sessions.
  • Convene and deliver the final weekend residential for the course.
  • Liaise with the Admissions Tutor to advise students on subsequent applications to our BA Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change, or other potential routes to further study.
  • Set up assessments and mark assessed work, providing students with appropriate feedback.
  • Ensure appropriate records are kept with all aspects of the course and liaise with the academic lead to ensure delivery is in line with the module as accredited by Cardiff Metropolitan University.
  • Comply with the requirements of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s quality assurance processes.


Essential Skills and Experience:

  • A batchelor’s degree or higher.
  • 2+ years of teaching experience in a relevant setting.
  • The skills to deliver learning effectively both face-to-face and online.
  • Teaching experience of at least one subject area relevant to the BA Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change, such as creative practice, ecology, environmental management, sociotechnical systems, and systems change.
  • Experience of delivering study skills tutoring either to mature students and/or to younger students at a key time in their decision-making.
  • The ability to build positive relationships and inspire students.
  • Excellent and confident communicator, both written and oral.
  • The ability to complete administrative tasks accurately and efficiently, with an eye for detail.


Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • A relevant teaching qualification.
  • Knowledge of a variety of educational sectors and/or routes into education.
  • Personal interest in the environment/climate change.
  • Welsh speaker.

Please apply with your CV and covering letter via Indeed.


Inclusion and Diversity:

BMC is a firm believer in diversity and inclusion in the workplace. BMC is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, culture, economic background and nationality.

Contact – Tom Sperlinger on tom@blackmountainscollege.uk

Deadline – 19th March



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