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Lecturers employed at colleges and universities provide invaluable tuition to students in an effort to help them prepare for their professional lives. A proficient lecturer is prized for finely honed skills in imparting knowledge and motivating pupils, while also making lessons interesting.
Successful candidates working at higher education establishments in the UK report directly to department heads. A high degree of professionalism is required and educators are required to prepare and research their lessons well and anticipate any possible student questions.
Whether individuals are teaching aerospace, engineering, accountancy or 20th century history, they are expected to have extensive knowledge of their subject, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and preferably an MA or MBA qualification. Job holders preparing students for professional exams need to adhere to course syllabi to ensure that individuals have the best possible chance of passing
Positions are open to higher education professionals at establishments throughout the UK, although the bigger cities tend to have more choice. Salaries range from £21,000 to £39,000, dependant on qualifications and experience.


Lecturers are required to facilitate learning and provide guidance to students in a specialised field on a tertiary level of education. These professionals are responsible for preparing and presenting lectures, creating and supervising examinations, and marking examination papers. There are some cases where they need to help senior students in their independent study researches.

Lecturers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Preparing courses.
• Supervising practical work.
• Marking essays and projects of students.
• Giving additional support.
• Interviewing new students.


• Having good organisational skills.
• Being able to clearly explain ideas.
• Having methodical approach.
• Being able to communicate with students from various backgrounds.
• Having high attention to students and their needs.
• Being able to work alone or with a team.
• Having excellent written and spoken communication skills.
• Being self motivated.
• Having good knowledge about subject area.
• Being creative.


Lecturer job placements require a relevant 2:1 or first class degree for this area. It is also recommended that candidates have work experience in business or industry, and a school teaching qualification. People who want to teach vocational subjects need to have a Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, professional qualification or an appropriate degree for that area.

There are some cases where applicants need to have a postgraduate qualification such as PhD, MSc, MPhil, MLitt, and MBA. For instance, lecturers for Higher Education will need a PhD as a minimum requirement.

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