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At CAVA, we are driven by our values and passion for Access to Higher Education Diplomas. We work closely as a staff team with our external moderators and the subject experts that sit on our validation panels to quality assure and validate Diplomas that provide our students with the highest quality teaching and best outcomes. We look forward to welcoming you to the CAVA team. 

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Opportunities to join our staff team

We are a close-knit team of seven staff members, based at our Cambridge office.

All of our team benefit from:

  • Generous annual leave – 28 days plus bank holidays
  • Auto-enrolled pension scheme with Essex Pension Fund
  • Enhanced sick pay
  • Enhanced parental pay and leave
  • Annual training budget
  • Peer mentoring and support
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • National cycle scheme
  • Annual eye tests
  • Biannual team building outings

If you share our values and passion for social mobility through lifelong learning, we would love to hear from you. We have the following opportunities to join our team:

Currently no vacancies available. Please check back in at a later date.

Opportunities to join our external moderator team

We are always looking for new external moderators to join our team to ensure the high quality of our Access to HE Diplomas.

Our external moderators benefit from:

  • Induction and updates on Access to HE regulation and guidance
  • Briefing and support on external moderation processes and procedures

If you have:

  • Relevant teaching and assessment experience and/or qualifications in adult, further or higher education
  • A commitment to the aims and values of Access to HE Diplomas
  • Current subject knowledge for the area of moderating responsibility, at level 3 or higher
  • Experience in moderation and quality assurance processes
  • Experience in Access to HE, either in further education or higher education

Then we would love to hear from you. Please send an expression of interest letter and CV to our Quality Officer, Barbara Hughes, to start the conversation. You can email her on b.hughes@cava.ac.uk or call her on 01223 302148.

Opportunities to join our validation panels

We are always looking for subject experts to join our validation panels, which are held throughout the academic year. Our validation panels scrutinise our Diplomas to ensure our Access to HE courses provide our students with a high-quality learning experience.

Our validation panel members benefit from:

  • Induction on Access to HE regulation and guidance
  • Briefing and support ahead of a validation panel

If you have:

  • Experience in the deliver and assessment of Access to HE Diplomas
  • Current subject and curriculum knowledge at level 3
  • Experience in the delivery of higher education programmes, which receive progressing Access to HE students
  • Expertise in the admissions requirements for higher education progression routes

Then we would love to hear from you. Please send an expression of interest letter and CV to our Quality Officer, Barbara Hughes, to start the conversation. You can email her on b.hughes@cava.ac.uk or call her on 01223 302148.

Team stories

External Moderator

Seeing the Access curriculum in full detail allowed me to appreciate the knowledge and skills of the students joining us through the Access route. Being an external moderator (EM) for CAVA has also opened new opportunities to be involved in course approval and re-validation panels. Developing my knowledge of QA at another organisation made me more aware of the processes we use and has made me more critical of the way we carry out and document our efforts. I would encourage academic staff, to consider an EM role with CAVA.

Validation panel member

There has been a thoroughness of academic rigour in sustaining the very highest of standards expected through the CAVA validation process, and a consistency in application of the regulations and procedures acknowledged throughout the interaction with the college, its tutors and managers and CAVA. I commend all involved in the completion of this Validation Review process and thank CAVA for all the support given to me in the role of Chair for the final outcome.