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.
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
You 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. Some training providers may still provide the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course, which is recognised as the earlier equivalent.
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:
You may also need to have a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). See the DBS website for more details.
If you wanted to qualify as a 'full' or 'associate' teacher you would then need to take further qualifications.
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