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Further Education (FE) tutor

Further Education lecturer, Further Education instructor

Further Education (FE) tutors teach students and apprentices over the age of 16. They develop students’ practical and theoretical understanding of a wide variety of courses and train them for careers in construction or engineering.

Average salary*

£19000

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£50000

Typical hours per week

35 - 37

How to become a Further Education (FE) tutor

There are several routes to becoming an FE tutor. You could do a university or college course, an apprenticeship, or apply directly to an employer for work.

You should explore these routes to becoming an FE tutor, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

University

To teach academic qualifications such as A levels (or equivalent), you may need a degree in a relevant subject.

You can gain qualifications to become an FE tutor by studying at university. You could complete a Certificate in Education, or a postgraduate diploma or Certificate in Education or lifelong learning. 

In addition to a teaching qualification, you will need experience and technical qualifications to become a tutor on a work-related course or apprenticeship scheme. 

You’ll usually need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths (Certificate in Education)
  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A Levels, or equivalent (undergraduate degree)
  • A degree in a relevant subject (postgraduate degree).

> Equivalent entry requirements explained

> Find a university course

> Funding advice

College/training provider

To become an FE tutor and teach vocational, construction-related subjects, you will need to have previous experience working within the industry. Once you have practical experience, you could apply to a college or training provider to become an FE tutor. Your employer will ask you to complete a Certificate in Education (or equivalent qualification) on the job, within a certain time frame after you start teaching.

> Equivalent entry requirements explained

> Find a course near you

> Funding advice

Apprenticeship

You could complete a higher apprenticeship with a college or training provider to become an FE tutor. You’ll need to have recent experience of working in the construction industry and previous training or qualifications in the subject you aim to teach.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

> Find an apprenticeship near you

> Guide to apprenticeships

Work

If you have several years’ experience and qualifications in an area of construction, you could apply directly to an employer, or complete teaching qualifications on-the-job.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry and going on to become an FE tutor. You could gain this by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in the industry. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

> Find out more about work experience

Skills 

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an FE tutor include: 

  • Prior experience in an area of construction, i.e.  joinery, plumbing or electrical installation
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of teaching
  • Sensitivity and understanding
  • Working well with others.

What does a Further Education (FE) tutor do?

  • 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


How much can you earn as a Further Education (FE) tutor?

The expected salary for an FE tutor varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained FE tutors can earn £19,000 - £25,000
  • Trained FE tutors with some experience can earn £25,000 - £30,000
  • Senior FE tutors can earn £30,000 - £50,000.*    

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


Jobs

Check out the latest FE tutor vacancies:  

As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.

Career path and progression

As an FE tutor, you could work in further education or sixth form colleges, adult education or independent training centres.

With experience as an instructor, you could progress to a role as a senior lecturer, head of department, or move into senior management.

You could become an assessor or an examiner, or develop textbooks and online educational resources.

Progression Opportunities

Explore the progression opportunities below

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