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Further education teachers teach a range of subjects to learners aged 16 and over, as well as work-related learning to students aged 14 to As a further education FE teacher, you'll teach a range of subjects in one of three main areas:. You may also teach recreational courses that support personal interests, such as local history or watercolours. You're more likely to be called a trainer in this case. Colleges can set their own salaries, however, and these rates are only advisory.
Many FE teachers work part time or on a sessional basis often via an agency. Salaries in settings outside of FE colleges may vary. In general, salaries vary according to your teaching and industrial experience, qualifications, subject demand, work setting and geographical location. Typical working hours for full-time college teachers are 35 hours a week, sometimes including one or more evening sessions. You'll need to work extra hours to plan and prepare lessons, mark students' work and attend meetings and open evenings, especially during term time.
You can become a further education FE teacher without a teaching qualification, although you'll probably be expected to study for one. You'll increase your chances of getting a job and receiving further promotion if you've got a relevant qualification. Individual institutions set their own requirements and some may have their own in-house training programmes. You can go straight into the Level 5 qualification without having completed the other levels. If you've completed a Level 3 or 4 qualification, you may be able to achieve recognition for prior learning. It's also possible to take a Learning and Skills Teacher Apprenticeshipwhich takes a minimum of two years to complete and includes a Level 5 DET, Level 2 safeguarding qualification and Level 2 English and maths if you don't already have this.
Entry requirements vary depending on the employer. Qualifications are generally offered by FE colleges, universities and other training providers on a full or part-time basis. However, for part-time level 4 and 5 qualifications, you'll usually need to organise your own teaching practice placement. To get a place on a course, you'll need to be qualified or experienced in the subject you want to teach. If you want to teach an academic course, for example, you'll typically need a degree. For vocational subjects, you'll need an appropriate vocational qualification usually minimum Level 3 and professional experience.
Obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education PGCE in post-compulsory education is the most usual route into the profession for new graduates.
Courses are available either full time one year including teaching practice or part time. They incorporate the requirements of the Level 5 qualification but also offer additional units at a higher level and are assessed at a higher level, usually Level 6 but sometimes Level 7. You'll need a degree in the subject you wish to teach.
You can also take a Cert Ed Certificate in Education which meets the Level 5 requirements but doesn't require a degree. Instead, you'll need a Level 3 qualification in the area you wish to teach or extensive experience.
However, you usually apply directly to the teacher training provider. A list of publicly-funded courses in England is available by contacting the FE Adviceline. Student tuition fee loans are available for approved and accredited full and part-time Level 5 DET and PGCE programmes that lead to the full teacher qualification for post education and training.
More information about funding and teaching in further education is available from FE Advice. There are FE colleges based around the UK and many of them run satellite centres in the community, operating from community centres, libraries, schools and high street premises. Local authorities also run adult education services, often in conjunction with FE colleges.
Sixth form colleges exist in some areas excluding Scotland. Some colleges are privately run, often specialising in a particular vocational area. Adult residential colleges offer opportunities for teaching in special interest subjects such as archaeology, painting and philosophy. FE teachers may also work in the prison service, the armed forces education branch or in company training departments. There are some opportunities in organisations offering vocational and basic skills training to young people and adults, for example those on government work-based training schemes.
Voluntary and charitable institutions will have opportunities. For more information on how to qualify, see English as a foreign language teacher. Many FE teachers have portfolio careers and are employed by a of organisations, sometimes on short-term contracts, while also working in their specialist area outside of education.
College websites and specialist recruitment agencies such as Protocol also advertise vacancies. You'll need to have SET membership and complete a process of professional formation to show you can use the skills and knowledge you gained during your training effectively in your work.
Having QTLS shows your knowledge and skills are at a certain professional level and can help with career development. SET provides an online resource for recording CPD activities and also has various CPD resources including webinars, online learning programmes, toolkits and workshops. With the right combination of experience and qualifications it's possible to progress to senior lecturer, curriculum manager, head of department or divisional manager roles. Competition for these roles can be fierce due to the relatively small of posts available.
Management posts often require relevant professional qualifications and experience, and also attract qualified applicants from outside the education sector. Alternatively, you could take on additional non-teaching responsibilities, such as working in a pastoral role or as an admissions tutor. Some further education teachers retrain to become support tutors, for example providing one-to-one support for students with dyslexia.
It's also possible to move into other branches of education, such as higher education or training. With further training, it's possible to become an assessor for a range of vocational qualifications.
For more information, see FE advice - I want to be an assessor. There are also opportunities to work as a personal tutor, working with students in their own homes. Jobs and work experience Search graduate jobs Job profiles Work experience and internships Employer profiles What job would suit me?
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View all teaching and education vacancies. Add to favourites. Further education teachers teach a range of subjects to learners aged 16 and over, as well as work-related learning to students aged 14 to 16 As a further education FE teacher, you'll teach a range of subjects in one of three main areas: vocational training including apprenticeships - preparing students for work and making sure they have up-to-date skills academic teaching - teaching a range of academic qualifications, mainly at GCSE and A-level English and maths - teaching basic skills in areas such as numeracy, literacy and ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages.
Work can take place in any of the following settings: a general or specialist FE college sixth form colleges adult and community education centres universities prisons and youth offender organisations voluntary and charity organisations work-based learning. Income figures are intended as a guide only. Working hours Typical working hours for full-time college teachers are 35 hours a week, sometimes including one or more evening sessions. What to expect Your work will be largely classroom, laboratory or workshop based, depending on the subject you're teaching.
Some subjects will include field trips or study visits. Where appropriate, some teaching and assessment will take place on employer premises with students who are on work experience or taking courses that involve day-release or work-based learning. Jobs are widely available. Opportunities exist in FE and training institutions in most major towns and cities throughout the UK. Many FE teachers work part time or on a sessional basis and will supplement their income through private tuition, evening classes, national examination marking, teaching on residential courses, external consultancy work or writing textbooks.
A growth in partnership working between organisations has resulted in FE teachers moving between institutions, e. Qualifications You can become a further education FE teacher without a teaching qualification, although you'll probably be expected to study for one. Qualifications are available at various levels: Level 3 Award in Education and Training - an introductory, knowledge-based course, which doesn't have a placement, although you will have to take part in microteaching, and which you can complete before being in a teaching role.
Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training - develops practical teaching skills and requires you to have at least 30 hours of teaching practice. Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training - this is the recognised, full teaching qualification for the sector and you must have at least hours of teaching practice. You can choose to take a specialist pathway at this level in literacy, ESOL, mathematics or teaching disabled learners.
Level 5 integrated specialist diplomas - similar to the equivalent Level 5 DET including a specialist pathway, but all hours of practice must be in your chosen specialist area. Skills You'll need to have: in-depth knowledge of your subject or professional area if teaching a vocational course the ability to de and teach courses in your area of expertise written and verbal communication skills interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to students of all ages and abilities organisation and planning skills creativity enthusiasm, motivation and commitment a flexible approach to work and an openness to change general IT skills patience and a sense of humour.
Employers There are FE colleges based around the UK and many of them run satellite centres in the community, operating from community centres, libraries, schools and high street premises. Career prospects With the right combination of experience and qualifications it's possible to progress to senior lecturer, curriculum manager, head of department or divisional manager roles.
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