FE tutor

FE tutor

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.


The Role

  • 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

Salary

  • Newly trained tutors can earn in the region of £17,000 - £23,000
  • Trained with experience tutor's can earn in the region of £24,000 - £36,000
  • Senior, chartered or master tutor's can earn in the region of £36,000 - £90,000     

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.


Qualifications and Training

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:

  • 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.

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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Vacancies

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As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary. 

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Find out more

For information on the FE Tutor role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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