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Further education lecturer Further education tutor, further education teacher

Further education (FE) lecturers teach students over 16.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £23,000 to £80,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 37 per week

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

You'll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

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: 13 April 2017