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Becoming a Further Education Lecturer

Are you considering teaching in Further Education (FE)? FE includes any study after secondary education that is not part of Higher Education. It is a sector that you can join and excel in at almost any point in your career. There are many benefits to becoming a teacher/lecturer in FE. Here are just a few:

July 28, 2020

The students 

FE can offer an enjoyable sector to work in as (generally speaking), FE students are more engaged in their studies because they have elected to be there and so have a genuine interest in your subject.

Working within FE can mean that you can work with a range of students as anyone aged 16 or over can study in FE.


Work-life balance options

FE can offer an attractive work-life balance. Although your workload is likely to be demanding, FE teachers can choose between working full-time, part-time, evening, or even on a casual hourly basis.


Almost anyone can become an FE teacher

The list of subjects taught within FE is almost endless. People study traditional academic subjects such as Maths, English and Science, but also vocational subjects such as Construction, Beauty, Business, Health and Social Care to name just a few. If you’ve been working within your vocational profession for several years, you could complete a teaching qualification and teach the next generation in your profession.


How to move into FE teaching

To teach a non-vocational subject, you’ll need an undergraduate degree in the subject you’d like to teach, along with one of the following qualifications.

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

To teach a vocational subject, some colleges will allow you to teach without a teaching qualification if you have substantial industry knowledge. However, the vast majority of FE colleges will require you to have one of the above qualifications.

If you are a qualified secondary teacher with NQT status, you can easily transfer into FE teaching with the qualifications you have.



If you think teaching within FE is for you, why not get in touch with one of our training partners? Once qualified, get back in touch so we can help you find your perfect role.

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If you’re a secondary school teacher looking to move into FE, get in touch today to hear about the latest teaching roles in your area.

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