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Further education (FE) lecturers are responsible for teaching one or more subjects in any of the following settings:

  • a general or specialist college of FE;
  • sixth form colleges; 
  • adult and community education centres;
  • universities;
  • prisons and youth offender organisations;
  • voluntary and charity organisations;
  • work-based learning.

They teach at all levels, from entry level to foundation degrees and professional qualifications. Courses may lead to general, vocational, or academic qualifications which prepare students for work or higher education (HE), or may support personal interest, e.g. hobby or leisure subjects.

Although FE lecturers work mainly with post-16 and/or adult learners, they are increasingly expected to work with those aged 14-19 who are studying vocational subjects.

Typical work activities

Tasks include:

  • planning and preparing lessons;
  • teaching across a range of qualification types and levels, in day or evening classes or open access workshops;
  • researching and developing new topics, courses and teaching materials, including online resources;
  • teaching large and small groups of learners from a range of backgrounds, abilities and ages;
  • monitoring, assessing and marking students' work;
  • maintaining accurate records and monitoring students' progress;
  • setting and overseeing examinations and liaising with awarding bodies to ensure quality standards are met;
  • carrying out a pastoral role as a personal tutor to students;
  • conducting tutorials on a one-to-one basis with learners;
  • planning additional support for students, as necessary;
  • contributing to course team meetings to monitor, review and evaluate relevant courses;
  • representing the college at parents' evenings, taster days, open days and careers or education conventions;
  • maintaining knowledge of, and implementing, college policies;
  • interviewing potential students and conducting diagnostic assessments as necessary;
  • liaising with other educational professionals and organisations;
  • organising work experience and carrying out learner assessments in the workplace, as appropriate;
  • undertaking a range of administrative tasks.

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Written by AGCAS editors
November 2013

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