Diploma in Songwriting Course Leader

Contractual Hours: 0.4 (15 hours / two days per week) 

About BIMM Group

BIMM, The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, has colleges in eight cities where music matters most – London, Berlin, Hamburg, Dublin, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham – and is proud to be the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe.


Our eight BIMM colleges have over 50 years’ experience between them in helping students launch successful careers in the music industry.

We offer a broad range of Higher and Further Education music courses – including nationally accredited Diplomas, BA/BMus Honours Degrees and Postgraduate Degrees. Our professional highly vocational and real-world courses include studies in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, music production, music business, music journalism and event management.

Person Specification

The Diploma in Songwriting Course Leader will be a highly experienced, dynamic practitioner with a strong background in music education. In leading the college’s Diploma in Songwriting, you will be required to work closely with all departments within the college and will report directly to the Head of Learning and Teaching.  

Course Leaders are responsible for the day-to-day operational management of their course(s), leading on curriculum design and learning and teaching. You will work closely with the College Principal and Head of Learning and Teaching to ensure that the BIMM Ethos and Education Strategy are implemented consistently and effectively.  Course Leaders will have a strong background as practitioners and educators, and have the breadth of skills and experience required to ensure quality and excellence in all aspects of their course’s performance.

The post of Diploma in Songwriting Course Leader is a combined strategic and operational role that provides curriculum leadership for all students and staff associated with the course.  You will have the primary responsibility for setting the standard of excellence and professionalism in teaching on the course and ensuring that all members of your team support students in all aspects of their personal and professional development. 

As well as being an inspirational teacher, you will be required to monitor the day-to-day experience of students in the classroom ensuring the highest quality of teaching and learning at all times.  This includes: the selection, supervision and mentoring of sessional tutors; design and delivery of the curriculum, working closely with the Head of Learning and Teaching and the Curriculum Team; authorship of lesson plans; delivery of tutorials and maintenance of all student and staff records in line with BIMM policy.

The Diploma in Songwriting Course Leader will take an active role in student recruitment. You will lead on or support others in Open Day presentations and contribute to public-facing course information materials. Working with the Marketing team you will identify external recruitment events and other opportunities (school/college visits, panels, social media etc.) to promote the course to prospective applicants.

Essential Criteria for the applicant:

• Substantial experience within a specialist field(s) of the contemporary music industry
• Qualified to degree level
• Experience of teaching and assessing in Further Education
• The ability to lead, develop and co-ordinate a team of part-time staff successfully
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills and the confidence and authority to be a spokesperson and ambassador for BIMM
• Good level of IT skills

Desirable Criteria:

• A teaching qualification or equivalent professional accreditation
• Experience of co-ordinating and leading staff
• Experience in course design, development and delivery

Key Accountabilities

1) Teaching and Learning
a) Teaching and assessing units on the College’s courses as agreed with the Head of Learning and Teaching. 
b) Internal Verification of assessments as agreed with the Head of Learning and Teaching.
c) Membership of, and attendance at, examination and assessment boards as required by the Head of Learning and Teaching and the College’s validating bodies.

2) Course Leadership and Development
a) Providing specific academic leadership for the Diploma in Songwriting and assisting the Head of Learning and Teaching as appropriate in the development, delivery, review and enhancement of the Diploma in Songwriting curriculum.
b) Advising the Head of Learning and Teaching on all issues pertaining to the Diploma in Songwriting course.
c) Overseeing the production and review of all course materials for Diploma in Songwriting course.
d) Overseeing the assessment programme for the Diploma in Songwriting course ensuring the timely production of the assessment timetable and working closely with the Academic Administration team to ensure that all student assessment is internally verified in accordance with the College’s and/or validating bodies requirements. 


3) Quality and Standards in Learning and Teaching
a) Contributing to the College’s annual quality assurance cycle of unit and course reviews, in particular the authorship of the Diploma in Songwriting annual course review for the approval of the College Principal and BIMM Academic Development and Quality Assurance, in liaison with the Head of Learning and Teaching. 
b) Ensuring the effective and timely implementation of the annual quality enhancement action plan for the Diploma in Songwriting course, liaising with the Head of Learning and Teaching and BIMM Academic Development and Quality Assurance team.

4) Tutor Leadership and Development
a) Advising the College Principal and Head of Learning and Teaching on all staffing issues pertaining to the Diploma in Songwriting course and assisting the Head of Learning and Teaching and the Academic Administration team in the production of the teaching timetable.
b) Recommending new tutors and deputies for the Diploma in Songwriting course.
c) Ensuring that all new tutors undergo a thorough College and course induction.
d) Supporting the Head of Learning and Teaching in developing and leading the annual tutor development programme.

5) Student Support
a) Leading on the academic elements of student induction events for the Diploma in Songwriting course, liaising closely with the Head of Student Services.
b) Acting as the first academic point of contact for Diploma in Songwriting course to students and advising students on all course related matters.
c) Supporting the Head of Learning and Teaching and the Head of Student Services in the delivery of the College’s tutorial system.

6) External Events and Advocacy
a) Representing the College as required at external events as agreed by the College Principal and/or Head of Learning and Teaching.
b) Representing the Diploma in Songwriting course at BIMM London Open Days as required and agreed with the College Principal.

NB:  This is not a complete statement of all duties and responsibilities of this post.  The post holder may be required to carry out other duties in keeping with the nature of the post as directed by, and agreed with their Line Manager.