How To Become A Further Education Lecturer

Further Education Lecturer

The Job

Further education lecturers practice in a variety of settings, from classrooms to workshops, teaching young people, adults and in some cases the elderly. As well as teaching in a further education college, you could also teach in a sixth form college, specializing in A Levels, or run adult learning classes in an off-site venue, such as a community centre.
Options for teaching range from full-time Level 3 courses and foundation degrees to short courses in subjects such as photography, IT and numeracy.
FE lecturers need to be good communicators and have the ability to motivate and inspire students. Tasks include planning and delivering lessons, marking, assessing students' progress and attending curriculum meetings. Some colleges will ask you to take on an additional tutorial role, which could pastoral care, advice and dealing with behavioural issues.
When you start, you can expect to teach about 25 hours a week.

Annual Salary

Further Education Lecturer Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level - Entry

Minimum Qualifications

Level 2, GCSE or equivalent, in Maths, English and ICT
Level 3 qualification in the subject you intend to teach
Bachelors degree in an appropriate subject (for some subjects)
Appropriate teaching qualification

Recommended Qualifications

Bachelors degree in an appropriate subject (for some subjects)
Appropriate Level 4 or Level 5 teaching qualification

Other Qualifications Needed

Unlike teaching in a primary or secondary school, there are various routes into lecturing in further education (FE). The simplest route, if you already have a Bachelors degree, is to take a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The PGCE (FE) is tailored for the FE sector. Alternatively, if you have significant vocational experience, you could begin teaching at an FE college and train 'in service'. At present, there are three in-service qualifications, Anyone teaching within the FE sector is required to complete the PTTLS in the first year, after which they are required to complete the CTLLS and/or DTTLS within five years.

• PTLLS – Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector - Level 3
• CTLLS – Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector - Level 4
• DTLLS – Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector - Level 5
From 2015, these qualifications will be replaced by:
•Level 3 Award in Education and Training
•Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
•Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
To qualify as a fully trained FE lecturer you will need to achieve either the PGCE (FE) or the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.

Further information about teaching in FE is available from the Institute for Learning (IfL), the professional body that supports teaching and learning within the FE sector.

Average Working Hours Per Week = 37- 40


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

1-5 Years

What Next/Career Development

Important note: Further education lecturers who have achieved the PGCE (FE) or the PTLLS, CTTLS or DTLLS are not qualified to teach in schools. Newly qualified lecturers can apply to the Institute for Learning (Ifl) for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, a process by which you demonstrate that you meet the professional and occupational standards required of a teacher. Once you achieve QTLS status you will be recognised as a qualified teacher in schools.

Like all teachers, FE lecturers are expected to continue with their professional development throughout their career. Examples of further training could include advanced use of IT in the classroom, gaining additional qualifications in your subject, work shadowing or learning to team teach.

Facts And Figures

The lifelong learning sector employs over 1.2 million people.
(Source: National Careers Service)
Each year FE colleges educate and train over 3 million people.
(Source: Association of Colleges)
FE colleges provide 33% of entrants to higher education.
(Source: Association of Colleges)