Further Education Teacher
What is the work like?
Further education (FE) teachers, sometimes known as FE lecturers, teach students over the age of 16, and some 14 to 16-year-olds studying work-related subjects.
As an FE teacher, you could work in a variety of learning environments, ranging from colleges and community centres to prisons and the armed forces.
The types of courses you could teach include:
academic subjects (like maths and English) often leading to qualifications such as GCSEs and A levels
vocational courses which train students for careers such as catering, construction or childcare, often leading to NVQs
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The Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) is a short introductory course which you would do at the beginning of your teaching career.
You would then need to take further qualifications, depending on whether you are aiming to qualify as a 'full' or 'associate' teacher.
The Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) is the minimum qualification you will need as a full teacher. It will also lead to QTLS status As a full teacher, you would have a full range of teaching responsibilities – your work would involve:
using teaching materials you have designed and evaluated
teaching a range of levels, subjects and learner types
The Level 5 Diploma is roughly equivalent to the PGCE/Cert Ed in Further Education. Some universities and colleges may carry on using these titles for their courses, although they will reference them against the Level 5 Diploma.
The Level 3/4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) will qualify you as an associate teacher. As an associate teacher you would have fewer teaching responsibilities than a full teacher – your work would involve at least one of the following methods:
using packs or pre-prepared materials, with little involvement in designing curriculum and materials
teaching on a one-to-one basis
teaching one particular level, subject or type of learner, rather than a full range
teaching short courses (see the LLUK website for details).
You can go straight onto the Level 5 Diploma without completing the Level 3/4 Certificate if you want to qualify as a full teacher.
The qualifications are awarded by City & Guilds, Edexcel, OCR and a number of universities. See the Standards Verification UK website for full details of qualifications and training providers.
If you started to do qualifications before September 2007, such as Stage 1 and/or 2 of City & Guilds 7407 (which have now been replaced), you can get advice from the LLUK...