Lecturer (further education): job description

Lecturer (further education): job description

Further education lecturers teach academic and vocational subjects to young people and adults.
Lecturers must have excellent presentation skills.

What does a further education lecturer do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Typical responsibilities of the job include:

  • lesson planning, preparation and research
  • contact/teaching time with pupils
  • checking and assessing pupils' work
  • encouraging personal development via tutorial/pastoral work
  • invigilating examinations
  • arranging work experience placements
  • attending staff meetings
  • liaising with other professionals/employers

The job commonly requires working evenings and weekends.

Typical employers of further education lecturers

  • State-maintained and private sixth-form colleges
  • Adult and further education colleges
  • The armed forces
  • The prison service

Teaching vacancies are advertised in local authority jobs lists, the Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education and national, regional and local newspapers, plus their online equivalents. A few specialist recruitment agencies also handle vacancies. Many people begin by part-time teaching and temporary contracts, enhancing their salary with writing, private tuition and exam marking.

Qualifications and training required

FE lecturers are typically mature candidates who have several years’ relevant work experience. Many FE lecturers gain qualified teacher status (QTS) via a secondary education level postgraduate certificate in education and have a degree in the subject they wish to teach. Alternatively, a number of institutions offer specialist postgraduate FE teaching qualifications. Some employers provide the opportunity to gain a teaching qualification via part-time study once in post.

Key skills for further education lecturers

  • Ability to work well with a range of people
  • Organisation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Expertise in a particular subject area or areas
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills