Teacher of Biochemistry (AS/AL & IGCSE)

Job Title:                    Teacher of Biochemistry (AS/AL & IGCSE)

Employment Type:       Full Time

Start Date:                   1st August 2023


  • AS/AL/IGCSE Biology & Chemistry
  • Enjoy teaching students who want to learn at the highest level 
  • Quality of life matters – teaching load only 55% timetable so you don’t need to take work home
  • Fully CIS & WASC accredited school

Position Profile:

  • Direct UK teaching experiences preferred
  • Minimum 2 years AS/AL/IGCSE (and EPQ) teaching experience in the relevant area
  • Ability to teach high achieving students
  • Degree in area of expertise for teaching
  • Teaching qualification (PGCE, MEd or equivalent)

Brief Description of SCIE:

UK curriculum high school (Cambridge International AS/AL & IGCSE) for Chinese students preparing for overseas universities.

The mission of the College is to educate Students in a Challenging, International Environment leading to academic achievement at the highest level, and to develop Social responsibility, Creativity, Independence and Enthusiasm, providing each student with the best preparation for future opportunities.

  • Highly selective – English and Mathematics admissions tests
  • Medium of instruction & communication – English, with students functioning at first language level
  • 2000 students, High school only – UK Key Stages 4 & 5
  • Accreditation – Fully accredited by Council of International Schools (CIS) & WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges in US) and regional members of FOBISIA & EARCOS
  • Examinations – AS/AL, IGCSE (Cambridge International), (I)GCSE (Edexcel) – English, Japanese, Drama & EPQ
  • Day & boarding school – teachers are not involved in boarding facility nor have evening or night duties
  • Founded in 2003

Specific Responsibilities:

The Biology department and the Chemistry department are made up of a group of passionate and knowledgeable professionals who work incredibly well as a team. Presently, the Biology department has 10 core teaching members and the Chemistry department has 18 full time teachers and in total 8 dedicated technicians. However, we are aiming to expand this number to approximately 12 Biology and 20 full-time chemistry teaching staff members with a larger technician team by 2024, working in our purpose-built 9 Biology and 11 chemistry labs.

Teachers will be assigned a variety of year groups to teach, from iGCSE level (UK years 10 and 11) to the Cambridge AS/AL levels (UK years 12 and 13) and since both the two subjects have become an immensely popular option course for students on campus, we estimate about a third of the school cohort choosing to read AS Biology, and about two thirds to choose AS Chemistry. Each year, a significant number of students also apply to read Biology & Chemistry related subjects in prestigious universities around the world, with a good number of our students taking up places to study Biology, Biochemistry or Natural Sciences at Oxford and Cambridge. 

In this context, the department is looking to recruit knowledgeable and dedicated Biochemistry teachers with significant teaching experience at all year groups to join our team. The ideal candidate will be someone who is willing to adapt to the dynamics of the current team, be a pro-active team member and be passionate about incorporating regular practical work into their teaching repertoire. Experience of teaching Biology and Chemistry at the highest levels and the ability to facilitate extension classes in Chemistry or Biochemistry will be an advantage.


  • Highly motivated academic students
  • Average international exam results, grade A/A* across school
  • 31 Oxbridge offers and over 80% students applying to UK achieve offers from top 10 universities in 2022 cohort.
  • US university offers including Stanford, UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell & Wellesley
  • Students achieve success across range of subjects including Arts, Humanities as well as Commerce, Science and Mathematics
  • Class size maximum 26 at IGCSE and 24 at AS/A Level
  • Huge range of ECAs with over 200 clubs both staff led and student led

Teaching positions:

  • Working week: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:30 (with 07:30 start Mondays and early finish 15:00 Fridays)
  • Normal contact teaching time – 24 x 40-minute periods per week (approx 55% timetable)
  • Personal time – 6 periods per week fixed in timetable when do not need to be at work.
  • Extra-Curricular Activity – 1 hour per week ECA after school (16:30 – 17:30)
  • CPD – large range of professional development available both online and face-to-face.
  • Holidays – 1 week for October China National Day holiday, 2 weeks Christmas holiday, 3 weeks Chinese New Year holiday, Chinese public holidays, mid-June to early August Summer holiday.


  • Form tutor role – most teachers will take on a form group of 20 students with daily mentoring time on the timetable as well as teaching weekly additional period of PSHE. This role attracts an additional allowance
  • Pastoral CPD – mandatory safeguarding training as well as other pastoral CPD available


  • Published fixed salary scale (reviewed annually) based on years of teaching experience and annual progression at SCIE
  • School provided accommodation (Expat apartments adjacent to campus)
  • Full international medical cover (self + dependent)
  • Annual flight allowance (self + spouse)
  • Staff Well-being program
  • Dedicated staff gym in campus

Application Process:

Apply by letter with CV to jobs@scie.com.cn

References will be taken up including direct contact with your current, or most recent employer for a safeguarding reference check and to confirm clearance from contract commitment.

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