How to become a higher education lecturer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
You'll need a good degree pass, for example first class or upper second class, relevant to the subject you want to teach.
You'll also need to have completed a postgraduate master's or PhD qualification, or be working towards one. It's common to have had academic work published.
You'll be expected to do a teaching qualification soon after you start. This is usually offered by your university and is done while working.
You may be able to get experience by taking on teaching duties while you're a postgraduate student. Some universities also offer work as a graduate teaching assistant.
You'll need several years' relevant work experience if you want to teach vocational subjects, for example art or engineering.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You can get into this role through a postgraduate apprenticeship as an academic professional. You can specialise in teaching or research.
To apply, you'll normally need a minimum of a postgraduate qualification, such as a master's degree.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You can find out more about working in higher education from Advance HE.