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What does a further education lecturer do?

IEC lecturers work in a variety of learning environments, ranging from colleges and community centers to prisons and the armed forces.

The types of courses taught include:

  • academic subjects, such as maths and English – often leading to qualifications such as GCEs and A levels
  • vocational courses that train students for careers such as catering, construction or childcare – often leading to qualifications such as City & Guilds or OECs
  • Diplomas delivered in colleges or at partner schools
  • leisure and hobby courses, such as photography

Depending on the subject being taught, a variety of teaching methods might be used, such as seminars, tutorials and demonstrations.

Daily tasks would normally include:

  • planning and preparing lessons or seminars
  • setting and marking assignments, tests and exams
  • monitoring and assessing students’ progress
  • developing new courses and teaching materials
  • keeping records and carrying out other administrative tasks
  • going to meetings, professional development courses and workshops
  • interviewing prospective students
  • acting as personal tutor – supporting students and helping with problems
  • supervising practical work, work placements or field trips

This role may involve teaching full-time, part-time (day or evening) or day release courses.