Private Tutor

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Private tutors teach a particular subject or skill to individuals or small groups.

The Work

You could be:

Some private tutors now offer online tuition. If you do this you could be writing materials for use online, providing support via email or telephone and marking completed assessments sent in by students.


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Most private tutors are self-employed so their earnings will vary.

For one-to-one tuition, they normally charge an hourly fee which can range from £25 to £45 an hour or more. Working for an agency, they might earn £18 to £30 an hour. In both cases fees vary depending on the subject and the level at which they teach.

Remember that as a self-employed private tutor you will have to pay for advertising and for teaching materials. If you tutor pupils in their homes, you will have travel costs. If you tutor students in your home, you will need a comfortable, quiet room.


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Getting In

There are various routes into this job.

If you want to work for an agency, you can find companies on the internet. If you decide to become self-employed, you would have to advertise for students.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Training is normally by experience on the job.

Getting On

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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland)
Tel: 0131 314 6000
Twitter: @gtcs

For information on registration as a teacher.

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