Information for Applicants

Guidance on Completing your Application Form

Thank you for expressing an interest in working for Chichester College.

The purpose of this guidance is to provide you with further information and assist you in making an application. The information should be read in conjunction with the job description and person specification. The information contained in this guidance does not form part of the Contract of Employment.

The College is committed to equality of opportunity and inclusion and it is an integral part of our recruitment and selection and we welcome all applications.

The College has been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer in recognition of our commitment to the recruitment, employment, retention and development of disabled people. If you have a disability, please advise us of any help that you might need during the application and/or interview process or additional support that would help you to match the person specification in an alternative but equal manner. As users of the disability confident scheme, the College guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role.

The shortlisting process will take place after the closing date and all candidates will be contacted by email with details of the progress of their application.

As part of the interview process, candidates may be required to undertake an initial diagnostic assessment for English and Maths.

Please submit your application and any related information no later than 11.30pm on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise stated. Applications submitted after this date and time may not be considered.

Human Resources can be contacted by email, or by telephone on 01243 537687, or visit our website for details of our current vacancies.


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The Recruitment Process

Before applying for a post with Chichester College, please read this information carefully.

The Selection Process and your Application

The information you provide in your application form and accompanying documentation plays a key part in the decision to invite you to an interview.

A closing date is set for this vacancy as advertised. 

The Personal Details and Equal Opportunities monitoring information are held securely by Human Resources. This information will not be seen by the shortlisting panel or used for selection purposes. Please note that date of birth details are required for Barred List checking purposes only.

If you have a disability, please indicate this in the application, together with any specific requirements, or contact us on 01243 537687 to discuss further.

Completing the Form

Your application must be completed in full. We will not make assumptions about your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities.

Employment Checks

As the College provides education to children and adults at risk, all shortlisted candidates will be subject to a check of the Barred List.

The original certificates of qualifications listed in your application, which are relevant to the post for which you are applying, will need to be seen by the College if you are invited to attend an interview. Photocopies alone will not be accepted. A photocopy will be retained as proof of validation of your qualifications.

Certificates or a letter of confirmation of any professional body status will also need to be seen, where applicable.

The College requires successful applicants to complete a health questionnaire, against which a risk assessment may then be undertaken to assess the requirement for reasonable adjustments.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which may include a check of the barred lists and any relevant overseas checks, will be undertaken in the event of a successful application, as the College provides education to children and adults at risk. Alternatively, if you are currently registered to the DBS Update Service, you will be required to provide further information at interview.

In addition, anyone who is employed to provide early and/or later years childcare to children who have not attained the age of eight, or are directly concerned in the management of that childcare, will be required to sign a self-declaration form relating to the Disqualification by Association Regulations, to confirm that they, or anyone they live with, has not been disqualified from this type of work, in accordance with the Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006.

Anyone who is appointed to carry out teaching work will require an additional check to ensure they are not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State, using the Employer Access Online Service. 


The College will require proof that you are eligible to work in the UK. Please refer to the ‘An employer’s guide to acceptable right to work documents’ document for details on appropriate documentation, which must be brought to any interview.

The College requires details of your full education/employment history, including a month and year relevant to each entry. When completing your application you must account for all periods of time from school to the present, indicating any gaps in employment. This may include, for example, travel, sabbaticals, school holiday periods and maternity leave.

Rehabilitation of Offenders

As Chichester College is an educational establishment it is permitted to ask you if you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings as defined in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (exceptions) Order 1975.

Short-listed candidates are obliged to provide full details, including the context of any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings which would not be filtered in line with current guidance. This information will be requested as part of the interview invitation and candidates must provide information prior to the interview in an email marked ‘Confidential to the Human Resources Manager’. We guarantee that this information will only be seen by those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process. Please refer to our Recruitment of Ex-offenders policy for further information.

Any information is risk assessed in relation to the position applied for and the circumstances and background of the offence(s). Where appropriate, we will ensure that confidential and measured discussion takes place on the subject of any offences, or other matters that may be relevant to the position. Failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead to the withdrawal of an offer of employment, or the termination of employment if employment has already started.

It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a role which is classed as regulated activity (i.e. involves working with children and/or adults at risk).

As an organisation using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, Chichester College complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. The Code of Practice can be downloaded below, or a copy will be made available on request. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. A criminal record will not necessarily bar an individual from obtaining a position at the College.

Download DBS Code of Practice

Download Recruitment & Selection Policy

Download Recruitment of Ex-offenders Policy

Download DBS Policy


Further Information

We regularly recruit to term time only vacancies. Further information is provided in our term time only contracts guidance document.

We look forward to receiving your application.