Before completing our College Application Form, please ensure that you read the Application Form Guidance Notes.

Apply Online

This is our preferred way to receive your application. It’s the quickest, cheapest and greenest method. You will need to register as a user on our Vacancies page by providing your personal details including an email address. You will then be able to complete your application, save partially completed applications and submit online directly to the College.

Once you have submitted your completed application form, you will receive a confirmation email message.

Maximise your Chance of Success

Please read the job description and person specification carefully. Describe fully how you meet the essential and desirable criteria required for the post as we will base our decision on whether to shortlist you using the information you provide in your application form.

If you are applying for a teaching post you will need to provide the information about the examination results of students you have previously taught unless you are a newly qualified teacher.

What Happens Next?

The shortlisting panel will decide on the information given in the application form which candidates best meet the selection criteria.

We will maintain contact with you regarding the progress of your application by email.


When completing your online application form, if you have any questions or need any assistance, please email our recruitment support provider on and include the advert reference in the subject line. Alternatively, please call 0844 800 9376 for assistance.

If you have a disability, health condition or other support needs and require the application form in an alternative format, please contact the Human Resources team. or telephone on 01772 622677.

Good luck with your application!

  • Application Form Guidance Notes

    Please read this page carefully before you complete your application form.

    Application Form

    This is a standard online application form to be completed by all candidates, including internal candidates. If you need any support in completing this application form, please contact either the HR Team or Vacancy Filler. All information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

    Please do not submit a C.V. or other testimonials in support of your application. This is because the application form is designed so that information can be compared on a like for like basis.

    When providing information about previous employment, please include part time and unpaid work. Please be as accurate as you can about the dates of employment, hours of work, etc. There is also a section in the application form for you to provide details of any breaks in your employment or education history. If you have had any breaks, please provide the dates and reasons for these.

    If you are successful, the College may approach previous employers to verify particular experience or qualifications and will also require you to produce original certificates of all relevant qualifications.


    It is our policy to obtain two references for candidates who have been given a conditional offer of employment.

    Candidates should provide two referees to support their application. References will not be accepted from relatives or from those writing in the capacity of a friend. If you are in or have just completed full-time education, one reference should be from your school/college/university. Otherwise references should be from your current employer and a previous employer. For employment references you should provide a referee who was senior to you and is able to comment upon your suitability for the role. Character references should only be supplied when no employment referee exists.

    Canvassing Members of the College

    Canvassing any member of the College directly or indirectly in connection with an appointment will disqualify the candidate concerned. This provision does not prevent a College Manager from providing a reference of the candidates suitability for the post.

    Disclosure of Criminal Convictions

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the health and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    In order to check an individual candidates suitability to work in an educational environment, the successful candidate will require an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Clearance.

    All applications for DBS are dealt with in accordance with the DBS’ Code of Practice and the College’s Policies on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders and on The Handling and Use of DBS Certificates. Visit for a copy of the Code of Practice.

    Equal Opportunities Form

    We are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity. No candidate, employee or users of its service will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex, religion or belief, marital status, sexual orientation, or be disadvantaged by a condition or requirement which cannot otherwise be justified.

    By providing this information it will help us to measure the impact of our Equality and Diversity Policy and to continue to develop relevant HR policies. Your equality and diversity information will not be seen by the shortlisting panel and forms no part of the selection process. However, it will be necessary to share information about disability during the selection process in order to guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post and/or to ascertain what support and assistance may be required.

    Disability Confident  

    Disability Confident Employer LogoThis scheme has replaced the Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People scheme for employers. It encompasses a number of voluntary commitments to encourage employers to recruit, retain and develop disabled staff, such as offering work experience opportunities and implementing a flexible recruitment process.

    As a Disability Confident Employer we are committed to positive action to offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirements for a job.

    By assisting disabled candidates in reaching the interview stage of the selection processes, Disability Confident will help to achieve a College in which disabled staff are represented. It is important to recognise that this example of positive action does not constitute and unfair advantage – it is there to help disabled candidates overcome barriers that may prevent them from participating in a competitive selection process.

    If you have a disability or health condition, there are a number of ways in which we can help you if you need it, from giving assistance with completing the application form, providing the application form in a different format, making special arrangements if you are invited for an interview and making adjustments to the job where reasonable.

    Please contact a member of the HR Team who will be pleased to assist you.

    Runshaw College is a Mindful EmployerWe are also proud to be recognised as a ‘Mindful Employer’ being committed to show a positive and enabling attitude towards applicants and employees with mental  health issues in all aspects of working life.