Further education lecturer Further education tutor, further education teacher
Further education (FE) lecturers teach students over 16.
1. Entry requirements
You'll need at least a Level 3 qualification in your subject and a teaching qualification.
Teaching qualifications range from a Level 3 Award to a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. Employers set their own entry requirements.
If you've a degree, you could do a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) in further education or post-compulsory education.
You may need a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
2. Skills required
- the ability to engage and motivate students of all ages and abilities
- the ability to express yourself clearly in speech and writing
- creativity to design activities and materials
- organisational and planning skills
3. What you'll do
You may teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, community colleges or adult education centres.
You could teach:
- academic subjects, leading to qualifications
- vocational courses for those learning trades, for qualifications like City & Guilds or BTEC
- diplomas in colleges or schools
- leisure and hobby courses, like photography
You may use a variety of teaching methods like seminars, tutorials and demonstrations.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- planning and preparing lessons
- setting and marking essays and exams
- checking students’ progress
- developing new courses and teaching materials
- keeping records and carrying out other admin
- going to meetings and going on training courses
- interviewing potential students
- supporting students by being a personal tutor
- supervising practical work
Starter: £23,000 to £35,000
Experienced: £35,000 to £40,000
Highly Experienced: £40,000 to £80,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work up to 37 hours a week, of which about 25 are teaching.
You could teach full-time, part-time (day or evening) or day-release courses.
FE lecturers work in a variety of places including colleges and community centres, prisons and the armed forces. You could work in a classroom, workshop or laboratory. You could travel to accompany students on field trips.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a senior lecturer or head of department. You could also move into other settings like the prison service or work-based learning.
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Last updated: 21 December 2016