Find your place in Further Education
Further education offers first-choice and second-chance education to young people, as well as reaching adult learners at work, at home and in the community. Here’s how you can be part of it.
Further education (FE) is the type of learning or training that takes place after the age of 16. It can be full- or part-time, academic or vocational. Generally speaking, universities provide higher education whilst schools and colleges for the over 16s provide further education.
The 430 further education colleges in England and Wales are major providers of adult learning at a local level. In recent years the proportion of further education learners who are mature has increased, and they now form a majority in most colleges.
Offering first-choice and second-chance education to young people, further education also has a diversity of curriculum offer and delivery mechanisms, enabling it to reach adult learners at work, at home and in community settings. With a variety of starting points, and an impressive variety of progression routes, it’s further education that can address the enormous backlog of underachievement and provide a comprehensive lifetime learning service for all.
There are many roles available in FE colleges, including management, administration and, of course, lecturing positions. FE lecturers are accountable for arranging and teaching one or more subjects in a college (FE, tertiary or sixth form), covering ages 14 – 19, as well as adult learners.
Courses may lead to general or vocational qualifications, in preparation for work or higher education (HE). They are offered at all levels, from basic skills through to HNC/D, degree and professional diplomas.
As an FE lecturer, you would be expected to:
- Plan and prepare lessons across a range of qualification types and levels in day, evening classes and workshops
- Research and develop new subject matter and teaching materials, e.g. online resources
- Monitor, assess and mark students' work; including setting examinations
- Act as a personal tutor; providing additional support for students when necessary
- Take part in course team meetings to monitor, evaluate and develop relevant courses
- Liaise with awarding bodies to ensure quality
- Attend parents' evenings, open days and careers/education conventions
- Organise work experience and carrying out learner assessments in the workplace.
Salaries & Conditions
Salaries are influenced by experience, qualifications and subject and also vary between colleges and geographic locations.
Typical working hours for full-time lecturers are a 37 hour week including evening teaching, but extra hours may be required for planning and preparation of lessons, marking students' work, attending meetings, open evenings etc, especially during term time.
Holiday entitlement is typically 37 days per annum, plus bank holidays. Annual leave should be taken outside term time.