Further education lecturer

Alternative titles for this job include Further education tutor, further education teacher, FE teacher

Further education (FE) lecturers teach adults, students and apprentices on academic and work-related courses

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter


£80,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 37 a week

You could work

evenings flexibly

How to become a further education lecturer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You can do a degree in a subject that is taught in further education, that includes qualified teacher status (QTS).

If you have a degree in a curriculum 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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You can do a teaching qualification at college. Qualifications include:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training with a specialist pathway for teaching literacy, numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), or teaching disabled learners

You'll be expected to have a lot of experience, and qualifications in the subject you want to teach. You'll also need access to a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice to apply for the course.

You may be able to start by doing the Level 3 Introductory Award or Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training if you have fewer hours' practice experience.

Entry requirements

You'll need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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You can complete a learning and skills teacher higher apprenticeship.

You'll need a qualification in the subject you want to teach. Employers will be looking for relevant up-to-date industry experience.

You'll also need to show ability in English, maths and IT.

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You may be able to apply directly to job vacancies if you have several years' experience and qualifications in a trade, for example plumbing or hairdressing.

You would then train for a teaching qualification on the job. You'll need your employer's support to do this.

Volunteering and experience

It will be useful to have experience of working with young people through paid work or volunteering at a school or college, or at a youth club.

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Direct application

You can apply directly to work in further education if you're a school teacher with qualified teacher status.

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Career tips

You can get qualified teacher learning and skills status while you work.

Further information

You can find out more about working in further education from Get Into Teaching and FE advice.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your regular tasks may include:

  • planning and preparing classes for students
  • teaching lessons, taking tutorials and running practical workshops
  • using e-learning technology to deliver lessons
  • working with learning support staff to give students with special educational needs or disabilities extra help
  • checking and marking work and giving feedback
  • helping and motivating students facing barriers to learning and making sure that all students work well together
  • making referrals to other professionals like mentors, personal tutors, careers advisors and counsellors
  • taking registers, keeping records and ordering resources
  • making sure safeguarding and health and safety procedures are followed

You may also be involved in:

  • interviewing potential students
  • working with exam boards to set and mark essays and exams
  • meeting with subject colleagues and other college staff to plan and review work, share good practice and come up with new teaching materials
  • planning and taking part in events like open days or recruitment activities
  • attending training courses and keeping up with professional development

Working environment

You could work at a college, at a school or in a prison.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

You could become a senior lecturer or head of department, or move into management. You could also become a training assessor.

Another option is to work as an examiner, or write textbooks or online education resources.

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Diploma in Education and Training

  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: WITNEY

Diploma in Education and Training (DET)

  • Provider: Solihull College & University Centre
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Solihull

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