Vacancy : Subject Tutor (16-17 year olds)
Company Name : Oxford Summer Courses
Company Location : Oxford
Subject Tutor (16‒17 year olds)
In this pack you will find: a detailed job description, the minimum requirements for this
role, the profile of an ideal candidate, information about the selection process, and an
introduction to the company for tutors.
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Oxford Summer Courses, a Bridgemark company
Oxford Summer Courses is part of Bridgemark Education, founded by two school friends
and Oxford graduates who wanted to open up exceptional educational journeys to more
people. In 2021 we ran COVID-compliant in-person courses. Our approach is based on
interactive teaching, growth mindsets, small group learning, and tutor autonomy. We
channel our passion into making a positive impact on our surroundings whether that be
our students, the wider community or the environment.
Applications are open for 2022 courses. Find out more and explore other roles on our
Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted and that no terminology in
this document is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person’s gender, marital
status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be
assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the
duties of the job.
Job title Subject Tutor (16‒17 year olds)
Location Oxford OR Cambridge
Reports to Academic Executive
Reports to you —None—
Pay rate £30+ per hour, depending on qualifications and experience
As a Subject Tutor for 16‒17 year olds, you’ll use your subject expertise to design and
teach a syllabus to inspire international students through seminars and tutorials.
Main duties and responsibilities
Prepare topics for seminars, including how they will be taught, to ensure the
smooth running of the courses using the online guidance provided.
Complete an induction (including safeguarding) before the course starts to
familiarise yourself with company procedures and logistical requirements.
Teach one or more courses (20‒26 hrs seminars and tutorials) that give students
a positive, yet challenging learning experience.
Set pre-course work and independent preparation throughout the course to
encourage independent learning as would be expected at university.
Set students longer tutorial work such as essays or problem sheets, mark them
and provide individual feedback to students during paired tutorials each week.
Provide informal feedback on any items of work submitted during the course to
support students’ development.
Take attendance and report any welfare concerns so that students stay safe.
Maintain a productive learning environment and good work ethic for students.
After the course, write a report for each student to document their progress.
Pay bands are calculated to be fair and consistent across all roles at Bridgemark. They
are reviewed annually for returning tutors to take into account additional qualifications
and experience that may have been gained during this period.
You’ll be part of our tutor network with access to future opportunities across our courses.
The resources on teaching with us will also help support your professional development
as an educator.
Accommodation and travel expenses are not included.
Oxford Summer Courses is committed to safeguarding and protecting children. We check
references and undertake enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks to
ensure all our staff are suitable to work with children.
Master’s or higher degree in a relevant subject
1+ years experience teaching or working with young people in a similar roleExcellent at small group, interactive teaching that supports independent thinkingAble to adapt to suit the prior knowledge and learning needs of different studentsRight to work in the UK (we cannot sponsor work visas for this role)
Skills, abilities and knowledge an ideal candidate can demonstrate
Flexible approach to seminar planningGood understanding of the typical prior knowledge students have of your subjectExplaining complex concepts to non-specialistsInclusive, question-led teaching practices based on student contributionsAccommodating mixed abilitiesKnowledge of safeguarding young people
Qualifications you may hold, or be working towards
PGCEQTSAny other teaching qualifications e.g. DLT (Oxford)
Experience you may have
Undergraduate teaching responsibility, especially Oxbridge-style tutorial teachingTeaching A level or equivalent students, such as tutoring or in a school settingPlanning your own teachingWorking at a summer schoolWorking with non-native speakersSchools outreach
Personality traits of a great tutor
FriendlyHelpfulPatientEnthusiastic about the subject
Our company values
Foster well-being Our tutors understand that success means more than just
marks. They play their part in student welfare and support each other by helping
foster our lively tutor network.
Adopt a growth mindset Our tutors get all the support and training they need, in
addition to plenty of feedback. They have the confidence and compassion to learn
from their students along the way.
Maintain momentum Our tutors have room for progression too. Some of them see
their future with us, while others help develop new courses and subjects.
Achieve impact Our tutors understand that the most meaningful teaching doesn’t
happen in a vacuum. They run with their students’ interests, tailoring their
Collaborate Our tutors aren’t in this for the individual glory. They see themselves
as a team with experience, giving new arrivals the benefit of their knowledge.
If you are invited to interview you will be asked to prepare a sample syllabus for a
particular subject. You will not need to prepare a full set of lesson plans for the whole
course. We ask for this to be sent 48 hrs in advance so that your interviewer can review
it and consult a subject expert if necessary.
In our experience this is the best way for candidates to demonstrate their ability to plan
age-appropriate, interesting lessons. We also recognise that for many tutors this is the
first time they would have complete freedom over the content that they teach.
The majority of interviews will take place online this year using Google Meet. There is no
need to download any software and you will be sent a link to the meeting room in
advance. You will be asked to bring some documents to show on screen.
After being introduced to the role, you will be asked about your background in the
subject, experience and knowledge of teaching. Your interviewer will also find out how
you would respond to scenarios that often arise in this role.
During the interview you will be asked to present your syllabus and teach a concept of
your choice. Many of our tutors apply for and teach more than one subject or type of
course. If we are considering you for multiple roles you may be asked some additional
There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and find out more throughout.
Students sign up to courses throughout the year, so positions will be filled on a rolling
basis. This may mean that we will be unable to confirm the details of vacancies at the
interview. If you are made an offer, you will become part of our tutor network with
access to our resources and we will contact you separately to offer specific roles.
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