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Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Tutor

InstitutionHeriot-Watt University
Job TypeFixed-term, temporary
LocationEdinburgh (on campus and online)

Job Details

Our BALEAP accredited pre-sessional programmes develop students’ language and study competence to enable them to perform well on their chosen degree programmes. These programmes have recently been revised to ensure that they meet the learning needs of our international students as they transition from their previous academic context into their chosen degree programme.

The Heriot-Watt Pre-sessional programme comprises four modules , each between 4 and 6 weeks in length. The number of modules students are required to take is determined by the student’s language level. Modules 1 to 3 are designed to develop the students’ Academic English and study skills, while module 4 focuses on developing students’ understanding of Research and Scholarship concerning English-medium tertiary studies.

In 2024, we will be offering a hybrid programme and a fully online programme. In the hybrid programme, modules 1 and 2 will be delivered online and modules 3 and 4 will be delivered on campus. In the fully online programme, all four modules will be delivered online.

We are seeking motivated, independent individuals who can deliver high-quality teaching online and on-campus (hybrid programme only) and can facilitate an excellent student experience on the programme. We provide a competitive salary, comprehensive induction and professional development opportunities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities (Grade 6)

Teach Academic English, Research and Study Skills to international undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of subject disciplines;

Act as a personal tutor for students;

Prepare students for a variety of formative and summative assessments with particular emphasis on the research and writing text practices and processes required at undergraduate and postgraduate levels;

Show flexibility and creativity in their teaching to ensure that student needs are met and programme aims and outcomes are achieved;

Demonstrate a keen interest in and awareness of the needs of international students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds;

Maintain accurate records of work and attendance and attend weekly meetings/moderation sessions with course leaders to ensure quality standards are maintained;

Mark, grade and provide feedback on student work promptly;

Use, engage with and fully exploit the University’s virtual learning environment (CANVAS) and other learning and teaching tools as required;

Actively engage with continuous professional development opportunities (including observations);

Support the Social and Cultural programme by accompanying students on visits as required.

Additional responsibilities for Grade 7:

Provide support/mentoring for grade 6 (less experienced teachers) as required by the senior course leader;

Design and deliver CPD and/or peer teaching observations as required by the senior course leader;

Lead on moderation and marking of assessments.

While the amount of contact time and other teaching-related activities will vary tutors can expect to work for a minimum of 35 hours per week, of which up to 18 hours per week will be teaching and tutorials, with the remainder comprising, marking and feedback, record-keeping, meetings and professional development.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post as directed by the course leaders and/or Head of Academic English.

Applicants should hold a good first degree and a recognised TEFL qualification (e.g. CELTA, CertTrinity TESOL) and have a minimum of two-years-experience of teaching university-level students.

For Grade 7 applicants must be able to demonstrate significant experience (minimum of 5 years) and must have a Postgraduate degree in Applied Linguistics/TESOL .

Experience in teaching EAP/pre-sessional courses, preferably in a UK university context, is also desirable for both grade 6 and grade 7.

Please note, we are not able to offer accommodation assistance.

Please note that we can only consider applications from tutors who already have eligibility to work in the UK and will be based in the UK for the duration of the programme.

Job Salary & Benefits

For Grade 6: £29,605 – 34,980
For Grade 7: £36,023 – 45,585

Further Information

In your cover letter please cover the following questions

Are you educated to first-degree level or equivalent?

For application at grade 6:
Do you have a recognized TEFL qualification (e.g. CELTA, Trinity Cert TESOL, etc)

For application at grade 7:
Do you have a Postgraduate degree in Applied Linguistics/TESOL

For application at grade 7:
Do you have a TEAP qualification and/or membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. BALEAP)?

Do you have a background in a technical, science, or business subject?

Are you available to work on campus in Edinburgh, or online (remote from inside the UK)?


Educated to first-degree level or equivalent

Recognised TEFL qualification (e.g. CELTA, Trinity Cert TESOL)

Minimum of two-years-experience of teaching university-level students

Competent in the use of relevant EduTech and IT packages

Proven ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team

Desirable (essential for consideration at Grade 7)

Higher degree in Applied Linguistics/TESOL-related field and/or a DELTA

TEAP qualification and/or membership of relevant professional body (e.g. BALEAP)

Proven experience of teaching (minimum 5 years) on EAP/pre-sessional courses, preferably in a UK university context

Familiarity with CANVAS or similar Virtual Learning Environment e.g. Moodle

Background in technical/science or business subject (preferred)

How to Apply

Applications will remain open until midnight (UK time) on 25th May, after which shortlisting will begin.  Interviews will be held at the beginning of June.

Please apply via the Heriot-Watt online recruitment system (1) a Cover letter describing your interest and suitability for the post; (2) a Full CV

For informal queries, please contact Dawn Cremonese (Head of Global English Curriculum) via email

Closing Date25/05/2024
Interview Date03/06/2024
Start Date08/07/2024

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