The College of West Anglia

Our Recruitment Process

Our recruitment process ensures that all applicants have an equal opportunity to succeed and gain appointment at the college.

Each job advert on our site has links to a full job description and person specification and guidance notes, along with more detailed information about the college and employment benefits. We strongly recommend that you read the guidance notes carefully prior to completing your application.

What happens after I apply for a job?


We base our selection processes on the person specification for the job and you therefore need to make sure you have provided relevant information to cover the set criteria.

Once we receive your application in the human resources department, it is then passed to the selection panel, which is made up of managers/supervisors in the relevant area. There are 2 people who shortlist and they will do so using a standard system and the criteria to be assessed at application stage, indicated on the person specification. Every shortlist is checked by HR once completed to ensure consistency and to check compliance with our obligations under the Disability Confident Award to ensure we interview all those with disabilities who meet the essential person specification.

If you have been shortlisted, you will be informed of the interview date, and if you have to do a presentation, test or task as part of the interview, by email.

Unsuccessful candidates will also be informed of the status of their application by email.


To ensure that we treat all applicants fairly, we ask you to complete equal opportunities information as part of your application. We do this so we can monitor whether the college is inadvertently creating any barriers for applicants and to ensure we do not discriminate in our practices. This information is held confidentially by HR and is not seen by the managers/supervisors shortlisting and interviewing.

We appreciate that you may not wish to complete some of these questions; there are “prefer not to declare” boxes for many questions, so that the rest of the form can be completed.


Interviews are usually conducted by a panel of 3 people who have been involved in the shortlisting process. We try to use a variety of methods as part of the selection process as well as asking candidates a series of questions based on the person specification. These can include:

  • Presentation
  • Microteach
  • IT tests
  • Prioritisation and workload management exercise
  • Report writing
  • Data analysis

Each candidate will experience the same selection process and will be asked the same standard questions. All parts of the selection process will be scored using the same methods set in advance. The panel may wish to ask questions concerning your application during the interview. You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions or clarify any points at the end of the interview.

At the end of the interview process the panel will make a decision based on your scores for the answers you gave at interview and the results of any tasks (if relevant). We will contact you as soon as possible after all interviews have been held to advise if you have been successful.


All job offers are made subject to the satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks which includes satisfactory references, medical questionnaire and clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service. We may also require you to see our occupational health provider before you start, should that be necessary.

All members of staff must have a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and two satisfactory references received by the college prior to commencing employment with us. The application form for this is sent out immediately after the post is offered. The certificate is sent directly to you from the DBS and you therefore need to bring it to the HR department in the college as soon as possible. This will then enable us to set your start date.

If you have a recent DBS certificate from another organisation please provide this to us, as it may be possible to agree an earlier start date if one is in place.


Relocating to the area

The College of West Anglia’s campuses are located across the counties of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty from the seascapes of the Norfolk coast and the Broads to the Fens.


Norfolk and Cambridgeshire offer a high-quality standard of living, with history, culture, activities and natural beauty to enjoy. There are many historic buildings including the university colleges at Cambridge, Ely cathedral and the medieval centres of Norwich and King’s Lynn. The region also has many arts centres, venues for live performances, beaches and coastal areas, including Hunstanton and Wells, as well as excellent shopping, particularly in Cambridge and Norwich.

For more information, take a look at Visit Norfolk, Tour Norfolk and Visit Cambridge.


There are many housing areas across the region, with a range of housing available from modern new-builds through to traditional farmhouse cottages. Housing is fairly reasonably priced across West Norfolk and Fenland, with house prices rising in the areas closer to Cambridge city centre. More information is available on websites such as or

There are also many estate agents and letting agents, which you can find listed on

Keyhomes East (KHE) provides key public sector workers with access to affordable housing in the East of England. This applies to qualified teachers in colleges, which means relevant staff at CWA can qualify. This is particularly applicable to those living, or wishing to live, nearer to Cambridge. Opportunities are available through this scheme to rent or buy homes – for further information go to


The area has many childcare facilities and a range of primary and secondary schools. For full details of schools, please visit the council pages (Cambridgeshire County Council, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and Norfolk County Council. There are also details of childminders at

Our King’s Lynn campus also houses Applewood Nursery which caters for children from 2 months to 5 years on a full year basis.

Staff working at the college can also access a childcare voucher scheme which allows you to purchase childcare vouchers as a salary sacrifice which enables you to save the cost of NI on these providing a saving on childcare costs.

Further information on relocating to the area is available on the Working in West Norfolk website.


Our recruitment policies

The college has policies and procedures in place to ensure that our students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Many of these are published on our policies and documents page.