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Online tutor E-tutor, e-learning tutor

Online tutors support students who are studying courses over the internet. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: Variable average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need: 

  • excellent IT skills
  • teaching, training or tutoring experience
  • a relevant degree, professional or work-based qualification

Work-based qualifications include:

  • Certificate or Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS/DTLLS)
  • Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Cert Ed/PGCE/PGDE)
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) gained through an Initial Teacher Training course, or through school-based initial teacher training (SCITT)

You could also study for an e-learning qualification, but this isn’t essential. 

You’ll also need an enhanced background check which your employer will arrange for you.

The Education & Training Foundation have more details about qualifications for this career.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to motivate students
  • good communication skills
  • a patient and supportive approach
  • organisational, planning and time management skills

3. What you'll do

Your duties might include:

  • setting clear rules for online behaviour
  • helping students develop their study skills
  • acting as a point of contact for students' or parents’ queries
  • giving support by email, webchat, social media and telephone
  • managing online discussion forums
  • setting up audio and video conferencing
  • conducting 'virtual classrooms' - lessons given through web technology
  • monitoring students’ progress
  • assessing students' work and giving constructive feedback

4. Salary

Pay rates vary from £15 to £30 an hour.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work from home and arrange your hours to suit course requirements and the needs of your students. This may sometimes involve working in the evenings and at weekends. Part-time work is common, and you could work as a tutor alongside another job.

Your learning provider will usually check that you’re keeping to working time regulations, especially where there may be peaks in your workload.

You’ll need a reliable broadband internet connection and a computer that meets the specification for your course.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into other areas of online education, like course development, management, private tuition or consultancy. 

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Last updated: 13 September 2017