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SPOTLIGHT ON TEACHING
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Words: Olivia Holcombe. Images: Shutterstock

TRAIN BEFORE YOU START

Pre-service training means completing
a one-year course in the subject you want
to teach before you start work. The
course will include a supervised
placement in a FE college.
Qualifications available to you as a
FE teacher are as follows:
 Level 3 Award in Education and
Training: This is a 10-week introductory
course aimed at those just starting out
or considering a career in FE. You'll learn
about methods of assessment and
learning. There is no work placement
and the course can be completed before
you start teaching.
 Level 4 Certificate in Education
and Training: You'll need 30 hours of
teaching practice under your belt to
do this course, which focuses on
practical skills. It takes between six and
nine months, and includes teaching
resources and lesson planning.
 Level 5 Diploma in Education and
Training: This is the recognised, full
teaching qualification for this sector.
You'll need 100 hours of teaching
practice to start. It lasts between one
and two years, and aims to develop your
teaching and assessment skills. You will
learn about different theories of learning.
 Level 5 Diploma in Education and
Training with specialist pathway:
Similar to the Level 5 Diploma, this is for
teaching learners who have disabilities.
It is also suitable for teaching numeracy,
literacy and English for Speakers of
Other Languages (ESOL).
 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong
Learning Sector (DTLLS).
 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong
Learning Sector (PTLLS).
 Certificate in Teaching in the
Lifelong Learning Sector.
 Teaching basic English, maths
or ESOL.
 Certificate of Education: A Cert Ed
meets the Level 5 requirement, but you
don't need a degree to take it.

GRADUATE ROUTE

Most commonly graduates enter
teaching by completing a:
 Postgraduate Certificate in
Education (PGCE): This is a certificate in
Post-Compulsory Education, which can
be taken either full or part-time. It covers
everything in a Level 5 qualification,
plus extra units at a higher level.

GET A BURSARY

If you would like to teach maths, English
or special educational needs, you may be
able to get a bursary to cover your costs
- see feadvice.org.uk.

YOU GET TO DEVELOP, TOO

Improving other people's job prospects is
a key reason to work in FE, but there are
opportunities for you to develop, too. As
well as training for the qualifications you
need to enter teaching, many providers
offer courses for you to update your skills
as you progress, for example:
 Qualified Teacher Learning and
Skills (QTLS): This is the badge of
professionalism for post-16 education, as
it shows your skills and knowledge have
reached a certain professional level. It is
equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status
(QTS), which primary and secondary
school teachers hold.
You can apply for QTLS status once
you've completed a Level 5 qualification
in education and training. You'll also
need Level 2 literacy and numeracy
qualifications and be a member of the
Society for Education and Training (find
out more at set.et-foundation.co.uk).

HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?

Your earnings will depend on factors
such as your qualifications, how much
teaching and vocational experience you
have and the demand for teachers in
your subject area where you live.
Working as an unqualified FE teacher,
you can expect to earn between £19,008
and £22,575. Once you're qualified, you
can expect between £23,952 and
£36,162. At advanced teaching and
training levels, you're going to be looking
at between £36,000 and £40,000.
Leadership and management roles can
command considerably higher salaries.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I NEED?

To become a further education teacher,
you'll need to be:
 Extremely knowledgeable about the
subject you want to teach.
 Able to explain your subject in a way
students will understand.
 Enthusiastic and motivational.
 Patient with a good sense of humour.
 Able to relate well to students, no
matter their age or ability.
 Able to express yourself, with good
written and verbal communication skills.

 Organised and have planning skills.
 Creative, to design resources that
will grab your students' attention.

DO YOU HAVE A TRADE?

The further education sector needs
experienced tradespeople who want to
combine their role with training students
in their field. From beauty therapy to
bricklaying, music production to
mechanics, there are scores of courses
that need people in the know.
Becoming a National Vocational
Qualifications (NVQ) assessor is a way
to use your skills and experience to
help people get started in your trade.
The role involves supporting and
assessing students who are working
towards their NVQs, and making sure
they meet the necessary standards.
As an NVQ assessor, you'll need an
NVQ level 3, or higher, plus knowledge,
experience and skills in the subject you'll
be assessing. Excellent communication
skills, a desire to help people develop and
good report writing are also key.
Duties include observing students in
the workplace and checking they are
operating safely within sector standards
by examining their portfolios and
interviewing them. You will also sign off
their NVQ when they meet the necessary
requirements, or give advice if they don't.

SECOND CHANCE

As an FE teacher, you may also work in
the prison service or at youth offender
institutions, where courses can help
prepare offenders for their release.
'Teaching in prison can be extremely
rewarding,' says the Education and
Training Foundation. 'You will assist
prison learners to gain new skills and
qualifications. Many of them will be
achieving their first qualification. You
will be helping them to transform their
lives and be successful 'on the out'.
Teaching in prison is challenging and
no two days will ever be alike.'

FIND OUT MORE
* Visit excellencegateway.org.uk to find
out more about offender learning and
access learning materials and brand
new resources for teachers, instructors
and managers across the sector.

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