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Course Leader - Visual Arts (Photography) (Part Time, 0.8 FTE)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the Role

Leeds City College are recruiting for a Course Leader in Visual Arts (Photography) to join the Visual Arts team.

This role is part time, 29.6 hours per week.

The Visual Arts department at Leeds City College is leading the way across the West Yorkshire region by offering a wide provision of industry led courses, including BTEC and Access to HE which specifically prepare the next generation of creatives for University and/or working in the creative industries. We are a team of both industry and specialist academic teachers who ensure that each of our students is provided with an exceptional experience with outcomes to match. We are looking for someone to join our academic team with a specialist background in photography with the ability to deliver on our BTEC courses within our Photography and Graphic Design department.

What You Will Do

  • Interpret the BTEC specifications and develop a curriculum that is diverse, engaging and industry relevant

  • Plan, prepare and develop year plans, schemes of work, teaching and learning resources, assessment plans and devise tracking systems  

  • Motivate and inspire students to achieve targets and develop their skills to enable progression

  • Reflect on what works best in teaching and learning in order to meet the diverse needs of our students

  • Deliver inspiring sessions across the curriculum using a wide range of teaching methods for identified units

  • Co-lead the photography team whilst modelling high standards and outstanding teaching 

  • Ensure performance and expectations are high to give our students the best experience possible

  • You will support and lead the learning of up to 160 learners with responsibility for implementing strategies to ensure high retention, achievement, success and attendance rates

About You

  • You will hold a teaching qualification and have experience in a Further Education setting specialising in visual arts subjects at levels 2 and 3

  • Your photography work experience should be within the photographic/creative industry 

  • Photographic specialist technical skills including; camera, studio, Adobe suite and traditional processing (darkroom skills desirable but not essential) 

  • Demonstrate a commitment for new and innovative ideas around curriculum development

  • Positively managing students to ensure excellent retention, achievement, success and attendance with our cohort of learners

  • Knowledge of formative and summative assessment and tracking

  • Experience of the standardisation, internal and external verification processes  

  • Knowledge of delivering to diverse courses within visual arts, art & design, graphic design and photography

  • You will build positive relationships with students and staff using restorative practice techniques, be flexible and a positive role model across our campus

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills and the ability to provide productive insight into the development of the courses. 

  • You will ensure Quality processes are implemented, high standards maintained and implement necessary measures where standards have not been met

  • Have a good insight into contemporary industry trends across Photography, Moving image, Graphic Design and the Fashion industries.


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Leeds City College is one of the largest further education institutions in the country and is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships regionally. 

We provide a vibrant and diverse learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing. Leeds City College’s values put students first and are at the heart of everything the college does.

We are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our staff. You’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow. We offer a wide range of job vacancies, and our large size means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

Join us on the journey to being the best that we can collectively be for our students, apprentices, staff and our stakeholders.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


We recognise, value and champion diversity & Inclusion. As we engage with a diverse student population we want to ensure we reflect that in our staff population too. For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other, by our different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to us that both staff and students achieve their full potential.  Diversity is important to us, but inclusion is equally, if not more important. It’s not just about having the representation but also providing the people we recruit with opportunities and valuing everyone’s contributions and perspectives.

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