To be a FE lecturer in England and Wales you need:
You will need to show competence in your subject by having either:
To qualify as a permanent full-time or fractional lecturer you can do either a one year full-time or two years part-time:
Please see the Training section for details of the in-service option.
To be a Skills for Life (Basic Skills) lecturer you will also need subject-specific numeracy, literacy or ESOL qualifications. Please see the Skills for Life Tutor profile for further details.
a part-time visiting lecturer you need to complete, or work towards, a Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 Level 4 Further Education Teaching Certificate (QTFE). If you wish, you can then take Stage 3, which is equivalent to a PGCE/Cert Ed.
You can get full details of endorsed FE teaching qualifications and training providers from LLUK. Further education teaching qualifications do not qualify you to teach in primary or secondary schools. Please see the relevant profiles for information on teaching in schools.
New qualifications are being developed for post-16 teacher training, based on core and optional units at different levels depending on the teaching role. As of September 2007, all new entrants to the sector must complete the Level Three Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS). This will provide pre-service or in-service induction training. Visit the LLUK website for information.
In Scotland it is not compulsory to have a teaching qualification, but most lecturers are qualified or are working towards a qualification. You can complete a Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) at one of three Scottish universities:
This qualification is usually studied part-time whilst in post, so you will need to find a teaching position before doing the course.
In Northern Ireland it is not compulsory to be qualified. The University of Ulster offers a further education teaching qualification.
To complete a teaching qualification in-service you need:
Please contact LLUK for more details. See Further Information for contact details.
When you are qualified as a lecturer you will need to keep your skills and knowledge up to date, for example by attending in-service training (INSET) days.
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