Online tutor

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

Annual Salary


Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 5% more Online tutor jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

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


You may need a degree in a specialist subject depending on the level of course you plan to teach online. For example you'll need a degree in maths to teach A level maths.

You'll might also need to get qualified teacher status (QTS) if you're teaching academic qualifications. Some degrees include this.

If you have a degree in a subject without QTS, you can get it by completing one of the following:

  • a postgraduate teacher training course at university
  • a school-based training programme

You can search for teacher training courses on GOV UK.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study


You could do a college course like the Level 3 Award in Education and Training to get some of the skills needed for this job. This is suitable if you're not yet in a teaching role or have limited teaching hours.

Most people following this route have:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths
  • level 3 qualifications like A levels

Other Routes

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.


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

These figures are a guide.


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.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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