Lecturer - Further Education

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Further education lecturers teach students in colleges, or adult or community education centres. They may teach a vocational subject (such as hairdressing or joinery), an academic subject (such as history or maths) or a leisure subject (such as pottery or cookery). Most students are over 16, but some may be younger.

The Work

You could be:


In Scotland there are no national pay scales for further education lecturers. Each college has its own pay scale. The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries can be from £20,000 to £25,000 a year. The top of the lecturer scale varies from about £31,000 to £42,000 a year. Senior lecturers can earn over this a year.


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Getting In

Your way into this career will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government recommends that all permanent, full time college lecturers should complete the TQFE within three years of appointment, and permanent, part time lecturers within five years.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

College Development Network
Twitter: @ColDevNet

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