Further education (FE) lecturers usually teach adult learners, students over 16, and students aged 14 to 16 on work-related learning.
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4% more Further education lecturer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You may teach in further education, sixth-form or community colleges, adult education centres, prisons or the armed forces. You may also work for training providers.
You could teach:
You may use a variety of teaching methods like seminars, tutorials and demonstrations.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
Employers set their own entry requirements. You may be able to get a job without a teaching qualification if your skills and experience are in demand. You’ll then be expected to study while in the job.
Most people study before they get a teaching job. Teaching qualifications range from an introductory Level 3 Award in Education and Training to the Level 5 Diploma. If you have a degree, you can be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) alongside the Diploma.
To get onto a course, you'll usually need:
Some colleges may let you take the equivalent level 2 qualifications in literacy and numeracy while doing the course. You may also take a level 2 qualification in ICT.
After the Level 5 diploma, you can gain the professional status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). This is recognised as being equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status(QTS) for teaching in schools as a qualified teacher.
You’ll need a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Starter salary: £24,000
Experienced salary: £36,000 to £40,000
Part-time hourly rates vary between £15 and £35 an hour.
These figures are a guide.
You'll usually work up to 37 hours a week, with teaching time of around 24 hours. You may be expected to work at least one evening a week, and sometimes on Saturday mornings.
You could teach full time, part time (day or evening) or on day-release courses.
You could work in a classroom, workshop or laboratory and may need to wear safety equipment.
You could travel to accompany students on field trips.
With experience, you could become a senior lecturer or head of department, or move into management.
You could also become an assessor or verifier.
Another option is to become an examiner, or write textbooks or online resources.
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