Further education (FE) tutors teach young people, over the age of 16, a wide variety of courses that train them for careers in construction or engineering.
- Based in colleges, community centres, work-based learning centres, the armed forces or prisons.
- Plan and prepare lessons, lectures and seminars
- Carry out administrative tasks such as monitoring and assessing students.
- May teach full-time, part-time (day or evening) or day release courses.
- Setting and marking assessments
- Developing new courses and teaching materials
- Keeping records and other administrative tasks
- Going to meetings, professional development courses and workshops
- Interviewing prospective students
- Acting as a personal tutor - supporting students and helping with problems
- Supervising more junior members of staff
- Being actively involved in regulatory inspections and external assessments
- Newly trained tutors can earn in the region of £19,000 - £25,000
- Trained with experience tutors can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
- Senior, chartered or master tutor's can earn in the region of £30,000 - £50,000
Qualifications & TrainingYou need at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach (such as A-levels, a L3 BTEC, Scottish Highers or Welsh Advanced Baccalaureate). For some academic subjects you may also need a degree. At the beginning of your teaching career, you can do the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, which is a short introduction to the field. You can then progress onto a Cert Ed (Certificate of Education) and carry your training on to Degree level. You can do your training on a full or part-time basis. If you want to do a part-time course and are not already employed as a tutor, you will need to arrange to do some teaching hours. You may be able to do this on a voluntary basis, although many people find paid teaching work whilst still training. If you do not have a level 3 qualification, you may still be able to complete your teaching qualification whilst you are teaching but would need to:
- Be well qualified or experienced in the subject you intend to teach
- Find an employer who is willing to support you in working towards qualifications
- Complete a teaching qualification within a set time frame.