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Further Education Lecturer Profile


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  • Finding Suitable Work as a Further Education Lecturer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Further Education Lecturer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Further education lecturers teach groups of students from 16 years of age upwards. The main areas covered are:

  • general education courses, including AS and A levels, GCSEs, GNVQs, vocational A levels and, in Scotland, H grades
  • vocational courses such as catering, nursery nursing and engineering. Most of these courses lead to qualifications
  • leisure courses, such as keep fit and flower arranging
  • higher education courses, including higher national certificates and diplomas, and degrees
  • Access courses - for people who want to go into higher education but lack the usual entry qualifications.
  • Lecturers plan and prepare lessons. They teach in different ways, including: lecturing to groups of students; holding seminars (informal discussion groups); tutorials (discussions with one student); and practical demonstrations (common in vocational subjects).

Further education lecturers set and mark assignments and exams. They also keep records of their students progress, and act as personal tutors. Lecturers might interview people who have applied for their courses.

They might deal with local employers in order to discuss training for their staff or arrange work experience for their students. Lecturers are also likely to have contact with exam boards to keep up to date with the syllabus.

Hours and Environment

Lecturers are likely to work up to 37 hours a week. Around 25 hours are spent teaching. Evening work is common. Many lecturers work part-time.

Most lecturers work indoors. Depending on the subject they could work in: classrooms, halls, lecture theatres, workshops, kitchens, laboratories or demonstration rooms. With some subjects, such as agriculture and sports teaching, some time would be spent outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Depending on the subject taught the work might involve some bending, lifting and carrying.

Skills and Interests

To be a further education lecturer you should:

  • have knowledge of your subject, and an interest in teaching
  • be able to get on well with a wide range of students
  • have the confidence to lecture to groups of students
  • be enthusiastic and able to motivate students
  • be able to express yourself clearly, both in speech and writing
  • be well organised
  • take an interest in the welfare of individual students
  • have patience and a sense of humour.


England and Wales
To become a further education lecturer you need a strong background in the area you wish to teach, plus a relevant academic, trade or professional qualification. Most people who enter lecturing have had experience of other types of work, and there is no upper age limit for entry.

You may begin by teaching evening classes and could progress to full-time lecturing work.

As a new entrant you must train for further education teaching. This must be either before or at the start of your teaching career. The teaching qualification you work for must be endorsed by the Further Education National Training Organisation (FENTO).

Full-time courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Certificate in Education (Cert Ed). A number of universities and colleges offer courses that usually last one year.
Part-time courses:

If you are a part-time lecturer you must gain a Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 teacher training qualification on the new Level 4 Further Education Teacher's Certificate (QTFE). Stages 1 and 2 take one year. You can study for a further year to get Stage 3, which is the equivalent of the PGCE/Cert Ed. Awarding bodies such as City and Guilds (C&G), Edexcel and OCR are currently developing their existing courses, such as the C&G Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate 7307, to meet the FENTO endorsement standards. Many local colleges will offer such courses.
If you have a full-time or a permanent part-time lecturing job you must study for a Stage 3 qualification. If this is your first job you could take a PGCE. That would take two years part time.

To become a lecturer you need either a degree, an associateship or diploma from a Scottish higher education institution or equivalent; a SCOTVEC or SQA HNC, HND or professional development award; or a City and Guilds part III, full technological certificate or licentiateship

If you are under 23 you also need H grade English or a National Course award at higher level at C or above in English and Communication (or the equivalent) and S grade (1 or 2) in maths, or a National Course award in maths at intermediate level 2 or equivalent

Relevant work experience:

You can become a qualified further education lecturer. Three universities offer courses that lead to a qualification at certificate, degree or postgraduate level. They are the University of Stirling, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Aberdeen. Courses last between one year full time and two years part time.


Once in a lecturing job you could study part-time for a further education teaching qualification. If you do not have a degree you would begin with a certificate or degree course. If you have a degree you would enter a postgraduate course.


Lecturers work throughout the UK in: colleges of further education; technical colleges; tertiary colleges (not in Scotland); sixth-form colleges (not in Scotland); community colleges; private colleges; and adult education centres. There are also opportunities to work in the armed forces and the Prison Service.

It is possible to work abroad for organisations such as the British Council.

With experience lecturers could be promoted to senior lecturer or head of department. The number of these jobs has reduced in recent years and the competition for them is fierce. Promotion may involve moving to another college.

There are also opportunities to go into private tuition, writing textbooks and course materials, or consultancy.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Lecturers usually begin on at least £16,030 a year (£17,793 in Scotland).
When experienced they can earn up to £27,603 (£35,460 in Scotland).
Senior lecturers usually earn between £24,928 and £32,947 (up to £42,605 in Scotland).
Managers earn between £25,890 and £61,407 (up to £46,154 in Scotland).

These are recommended pay scales, but each college sets its own rates of pay. Lecturers working in London may get an additional allowance.

Further information

4th Floor
32 Farringdon Street
Post-16 Teaching Information Helpline: 020 7332 9535

NATFHE The University and College Lecturers' Union
27 Britannia Street
Tel: 020 7837 3636

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

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