further education lecturer

How to become further education lecturer

What does a further education lecturer do?

Further education (FE) lecturers teach academic, vocational and leisure courses to adults and young people, usually over 16. They may use a variety of teaching methods, such as seminars, tutorials, demonstrations or audio-visual presentations.

Lecturers’ day-to-day activities include:

  • planning and preparing teaching programmes
  • using techniques to manage the learning process
  • providing learners with support
  • monitoring and assessing students’ work
  • keeping records and attending meetings.

Lecturers may also interview prospective students, act as personal tutors, attend professional development workshops and make contact with exam boards or local employers.

What's the working environment like for a further education lecturer?

Lecturers can work in full-time, fractional or part-time positions. Lecturers in fractional posts work on a permanent contract for a fraction of a lecturer’s week. They are likely to teach qualification courses to full-time students. They differ from part-time lecturers that may teach on an occasional basis, typically a non-qualification leisure course.

Full-time lecturers are likely to work up to 37 hours a week, with around 25 hours spent teaching.

Depending on the subject, lecturers could work in classrooms, lecture theatres, workshops, kitchens, laboratories or demonstration rooms.

What does it take to become a further education lecturer?

To be a further education lecturer you should:

  • have knowledge of your subject, and an interest in teaching
  • have the confidence to lecture to a group of students
  • be enthusiastic and able to motivate students
  • be capable of reflecting on your own performance
  • be able to express yourself clearly, both in speech and writing
  • be well organised
  • take an interest in the welfare of others
  • have patience and a sense of humour.

In terms of what you need to enter this profession, a Level 3 qualification in the subject you're teaching as well as a teaching qualification is necessary. 

Depending on the employers and their set entry requirements, your qualification levels could range between a Level 3 to a Level 5 Diploma. There is the option of working towards a PGCE that will be well received. 

Further education lecturer career opportunities

As you build up your teaching experiences, you may want to progress on to becoming a senior lecturer or the head of department in the subject area you teach. If you want to retain the teaching element but work in different environments then there may be opportunities to move into prison service or work-based teaching. 

Further information

If you would like to learn more about becoming a further education lecturer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) (Formerly FENTO)
5th Floor
St Andrew’s House
18-20 St Andrew Street
Helpline: 020 7936 5798

NATFHE (The University and College Lecturers’ Union)
27 Britannia Street
Tel: 020 7837 3636


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