Lecturer (adult education): job description
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
- developing programmes of learning activities
- planning, preparing and researching lessons
- preparing teaching materials
- contact/teaching time with students on an individual or group basis
- checking and assessing students' work and giving feedback
- encouraging personal development via tutorial/pastoral work
- invigilating examinations
- attending staff meetings
- liaising with other professionals/employers
The job commonly requires working evenings and weekends. Many people enter the profession through part-time and temporary contracts, supplementing their salary by writing, private tuition and exam marking or by taking up several part-time posts.
- State-maintained and private sixth-form, adult and further education colleges
- Community or local authority adult education centres
- The armed forces
- The prison service
Vacancies are advertised in local authority jobs lists, Teaching Appointments, the Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education and national, regional and local newspapers. A few specialist recruitment agencies also handle vacancies.
There are no set academic requirements for entry into the profession. However, a degree related to your respective subject is usually necessary. Requirements can vary slightly between employers and so are usually specified individually.
Although it is possible to become a lecturer without a teaching qualification, your chances of securing a role and progressing in your career improve if you do have one. There are various levels of qualifications that you can study in further education colleges, or you can do a PGCE for post-compulsory education at a higher education institution. Employers may also favour candidates who have several years' work experience. Some employers provide the opportunity to gain a teaching qualification via part-time study once in a post.
To find out more about teaching qualifications, go to our training to teach in further and higher education page of TARGETpostgrad, our website aimed at postgraduate students.
- Ability to work well with students of all ages and backgrounds
- Organisational skills
- The ability to work as a team with colleagues
- Extensive knowledge of the subject area
- Effective verbal communication skills
- Written skills to produce coursework materials
- Creative skills to plan and deliver interesting lessons and lectures at the right level for students