How to Become A Teacher In FE

How To Become A Teacher In Further Education

There are a number of different routes to take into teaching in Further Education. TeachInFE explain how you can become a Further Education teacher now.

There are a number of different routes to take into teaching in Further Education as you don’t need a traditional teaching qualification to work in a FE college. FE qualifications will not allow you to work in a school, but will qualify you to teach within the FE environment. Below, we will try to answer all your questions about how to become a Teacher in FE.


What qualifications do you need?

There are different levels of qualification that you can work towards to teach in FE:

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
    This is an introductory course that can be completed before being placed in a Further Education teaching role.
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
    This qualification requires you to complete 30 hours of teaching practice and gives you the practical skills you need to teach in a classroom.
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
    This is the full teaching qualification and requires you to complete 100 hours of teaching. You can also specialise at this Level in literacy, English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL), maths or special educational needs (SEN), but 50 of your practice hours must be in your chosen specialist area. You can get Level 5 without doing the lower levels first.
  • A PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)
    This is available for graduates. Courses tend to be either full time or part time and include all the requirements of the level 5 diploma, but also offer other units at a higher level. To get a PGCE, you will need a degree in the subject that you want to teach. A PGCE will also allow you to teach in a usual school setting.
  • Cert Ed (Certificate in Education)
    This meets the level 5 requirements and does not need a degree. You will need a Level 3 qualification in the area that you are thinking of teaching or a lot of teaching experience.


Where do you get these qualifications?

FE Colleges, universities or other training providers will usually offer these qualifications on a full or part time basis. For part time level 4 or 5 qualifications, you usually need to be in a teaching role or able to organise a teaching placement.


What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements to careers as a Teacher in FE tend to vary and will depend on the institution that you’re working for. Usually, a minimum level 2 qualification in English, maths and ICT, such as GCSEs, is required. If you wish to go down a specialist pathway, then you will need skills at level 3 in the subject that you are planning to teach.


Will you receive any funding?

If you are going to train in maths, English or special educational needs (SEN), you could receive a bursary. Similarly, if you are going to teach English language or maths from a basic level to GCSE and Level 3, you may be entitled to a bursary. The amount that you will receive tends to vary and usually depends on your degree classification. If you are a top graduate, then training bursaries are available to help you get into the sector. These are given by training providers to eligible postgraduate trainee FE teachers specialising in English and maths.


If you have any other questions about what you need to become a teacher in FE or relating to anything about teaching in FE then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us through our email or social media. 

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