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:
Lecturers may also interview prospective students, act as personal tutors, attend professional development workshops and make contact with exam boards or local employers.
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.
To be a further education lecturer you should:
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.
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.
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)
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