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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.