Further education lecturer apprenticeships - where to start
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You can do a further education (FE) teaching qualification at university, with a higher education institution or on a work-based training programme.
If you want to teach work-related courses in FE, like Apprenticeships, you'll need experience and a technical qualification in your chosen subject, as well as your teaching qualification. This should be at Level 3 standard (national diploma or equivalent) or higher.
To teach academic qualifications, such as A-Levels, you'll usually need a degree in the subject.
- certificate in education
- postgraduate diploma in post-compulsory education and training
- postgraduate certificate in the lifelong learning sector
- postgraduate certificate in further education and training
You'll usually need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, A-Levels and a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.
You can do a teaching qualification at college. Qualifications include:
You'll be expected to have experience and a qualification in the subject you want to teach.
You'll also need to organise some time for teaching practice, though training providers can often help with this.
- Certificate in Education
- Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
- Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training with a specialist pathway for teaching literacy, numeracy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), or teaching disabled learners
You'll need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, 1 or 2 A-Levels, a Level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a Level 4 or 5.
You can complete a learning and skills teacher higher apprenticeship.
You'll need a qualification in the subject you want to teach. Employers will be looking for relevant up-to-date industry experience.
You'll also need to show ability in English, maths and IT.
You may be able to apply directly for job vacancies if you have several years' experience and qualifications in a trade, for example plumbing or hairdressing.
You can then train for a teaching qualification on the job, if you have your employer's support.
It will be useful to get experience of working with young people through paid work or volunteering at a school or college.
You can apply directly to work in further education if you have relevant experience, knowledge and skills in a technical or academic subject.
You can also teach some subjects in further education if you have a background in schools teaching and hold qualified teacher status (QTS). You can get qualified teacher learning and skills status while you work, once you have a minimum of a level 5 teaching qualification.
Further education lecturer apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to enjoy working with other people
- customer service skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
Further education lecturer apprenticeships - what you'll do
Your regular tasks may include:
You may also be involved in:
- planning and preparing classes for students
- teaching lessons, taking tutorials and running practical workshops
- using e-learning technology to deliver lessons
- working with learning support staff to give students with special educational needs or disabilities extra help
- checking and marking work and giving feedback
- helping and motivating students facing barriers to learning and making sure that all students work well together
- making referrals to other professionals like mentors, personal tutors, careers advisors and counsellors
- taking registers, keeping records and ordering resources
- making sure safeguarding and health and safety procedures are followed
- interviewing potential students
- working with exam boards to set and mark essays and exams
- meeting with subject colleagues and other staff to plan and review work and share good practice
- planning and taking part in events like open days or recruitment activities
- attending training courses and keeping up with professional development
You could work in a sixth form college, an independent training centre, at a college or in a prison.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression - Further education lecturer apprenticeships
You can find opportunities with further education colleges, sixth form colleges, adult education centres, independent training providers and offender education schemes.
With experience, you can become a senior lecturer, head of department, education programme co-ordinator, or move into management. You could also become a training assessor.
Another option is to work as an examiner or write textbooks and online education resources.