King's College London



King’s Foundations are looking for experienced and suitably qualified teachers of English for Academic Purposes who are keen to join King’s Foundations – a successful, friendly and thriving department located in the heart of London and the university.

As EAP Tutor at King’s Foundations, you will be teaching highly capable and motivated international students of all ages and backgrounds across the full range of our programmes, including the Foundation, Pre-sessional, Embedded and in -sessional courses both on campus and online. In addition, you will be contributing to the design, development and delivery of short and/or bespoke courses. You will use digital education platforms in addition to Microsoft Office applications to collaborate and communicate with colleagues and students.

You will also provide academic and pastoral support as personal tutor to a group of tutees, who may include under-18s. Please note that an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service is a prerequisite for this role.

Although King’s Foundations is based in the iconic Bush House, a Grade II listed building that formerly housed the BBC World Service, you may also be required to work on any of the King’s campuses, or from home.  Please note, all EAP Tutors are required to teach on our 6-week Pre-sessional programme (July – August), which means annual leave during this time is normally not permitted.

King’s values the diversity of its staff and student body and recognises that this is both a strength and a defining feature of King’s as a London university in a global context. We therefore particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

When applying for the role, please address each Essential and Desirable criterion in the person specification using separate headings.

This post will be offered on an
indefinite contract. This is a full-time post.

  • To teach around 580 h ours a calendar year across the range of King’s Foundations programmes and courses at all levels, both campus-based and online.
  • To deliver a high-quality student experience across the department, consistently delivering effective and informed feedback and advice, and ensuring that all interaction with students, delivered in varied formats and media, reflects best practice.
  • To commit to the development of cultural competence and be aware of the different learning styles of different groups of students, developing approaches which engage a wide range of students.
  • To ensure that all teaching-related reports, projects and administrative tasks are completed on time, accurately and according to Centre guidelines.
  • To input on the design and development of all King’s Foundations programmes.
  • To engage with technology to enhance the learning experience and integrate technology into teaching approaches appropriately across programmes.
  • To act as personal tutor to a group of students providing pastoral and academic support, including some students under 18 years of age for which the tutor will have additional safeguarding duties.
  • To contribute to departmental academic life and focus on the development of pedagogical excellence across programmes.
  • To cover teaching and other duties sometimes at short notice.
  • To engage in professional development, keeping up-to-date with academic developments in the field of EAP/ ESP through participation in internal and external staff development opportunities.
  • To develop and maintain effective working relationships within and beyond the department.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by senior management.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Essential criteria

  • TEFLQ status according to British Council accreditation guidelines (e.g. through possession of a Level 7 Diploma in English language teaching). We will consider applicants who are currently working towards TEFLQ status.
  • Postgraduate degree.  We will consider applicants who are currently completing the degree.
  • Evidence of successful  teaching both in person and online.
  • Understanding of best practice in assessment and providing feedback on EAP courses.
  • Experience of being responsible for the academic development and pastoral care of international students as personal tutor.
  • Awareness of, and commitment to, inclusive practices in the classroom.
  • Evidence of being able to work collaboratively with colleagues  from a wide range of backgrounds to deliver an excellent student experience.
  • Evidence of being able to effectively manage a varied workload and meet deadlines.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Experience of developing online EAP teaching and learning resources.
  • About King’s

    King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world according to the 2016-17 QS international world rankings, is the fourth oldest university in England and is a research-led university based in the heart of London.

    King’s has over 29,600 students (including more than 11,700 postgraduates) from some 150 countries and over 8,000 employees. Our students are located in 9 faculties:


    Our work is guided by our Strategic Vision (Vision 2029). It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.

    King’s provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research; in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of just over £738 million.

    About King’s School of Professional & Continuing Education

    King’s School of Professional & Continuing Education is a new, cross-cutting function designed to widen the educational reach of King’s. It brings together five existing areas: King’s Foundations, Summer Programmes, Modern Language Centre, King’s Online and King’s Professional & Executive Development. Each of these areas are well established, respected and recognised within and beyond the King’s community. Utilising this success as a springboard, the School of Professional & Continuing Education has been established to provide a clear platform to enable greater and more seamless collaboration with colleagues in Faculties, enabling, developing, and delivering a wider view of education across the College, delivered on campus, online and in a blended format. The Function will support King’s in this area, particularly around educational innovation, and transformational learning experiences for different groups of students at different learning moments, whilst also addressing current structural barriers to growth each area faces.

    Our vision is to work collaboratively with Faculties to develop and deliver King’s ambitions in expanding learning opportunities across the education spectrum. By expanding what education means at King’s, the new School will offer a joined-up approach to facilitating a broader King’s education experience to individual learners, public and private sector groups, and partners, both in the UK and internationally.

    About King’s Foundations

    King’s Foundations is a leading centre for EAP and pathway education across the HE sector, accredited by the British Council. As one of the largest providers of pathway education, we welcome over 2,500 students each year across our King’s International Foundation Programmes and our range of Pre-sessional Programmes, with programmes offered online, on campus and in a blended way. We also offer a range of short courses with partners and support all King’s students through contributing to a range of co-curricular academic skills and language development courses.

    Our mission is to support a diverse group of learners to achieve their potential at King’s, supporting students to become independent and inquisitive learners. King’s Foundations is home to approximately 80 permanent staff, growing to around 150 during our busy summer months.  We champion a forward-thinking approach to education and take a digitally enabled approach across all aspects of education. Over the last 6 years, the department has seen significant planned growth in support of King’s Vision 2029, with annual income of over £20m.

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