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Further education can refer to a number of things, including sixth form colleges, charities, work-based learning, adult education and education programmes in prisons. However, the bulk of those working in further education tend to be university lecturers who are specialised in one subject area.
As well as lecturing on their topic of expertise to groups of up to 500 students, lecturers undertake seminars and tutorials with smaller groups of students to carry out projects and answer specific questions. They are responsible for setting exams and coursework, grading this work, meeting individually with students during office hours and conducting research in their subject area
Most lecturers are expected to hold a doctorate, but those applying for part-time jobs or a role in a practice-based field may be successful with a master’s degree if they have a good reputation or have worked for many years in their field
Candidates can expect to earn between £20,000 and £45,000 depending on their years of service and educational qualifications.

Description

Further Education (FE) teachers are required to teach students subjects related to work areas. These professionals work with students from 16 years old and/or adults, leading them to vocational qualifications. They may work in community centres, armed forces, prisons, and colleges, covering general education courses, higher education courses, lecturers plan, vocational courses, among many others.

Further Education teachers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Preparing lessons.
• Liaising with awarding bodies.
• Developing new courses.
• Interviewing potential students.
• Holding seminars.

Skills

• Being able to motivate others.
• Having planning skills.
• Being patient.
• Having good written and spoken communication abilities.
• Being well organised.
• Being able to clearly explain topics.
• Having knowledge about specific subjects.
• Being able to deal with a wide range of students.
• Being creative and flexible.
• Having good interpersonal skills.

Education

People working on Further Education usually have work experience and professional qualifications including teaching area. Candidates for this area in Northern Ireland, England, and Wales are required to hold a recognised further education teaching qualification, such as Qualified Teacher in Further Education. Employers usually require level three qualifications, such as NVQ level 3, in specific subjects that candidates want to teach. Other requirements are completing teaching qualifications recognised by Lifelong Learning UK and having GCSE´s in Math, English, and ICT to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills.

Teachers in other subjects can obtain a degree in this area by taking a University Certificate of Education or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specialising in FE.

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