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Job Description

Higher Education Lecturers teach and research in a particular subject area that they are knowledgeable in, which will help students achieve an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, this is unusually in a University but could be in a further education college.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good degree (1st or 2:1) in the subject you want to teach. You may also need:

  • a Master's degree
  • a PhD

You’ll need experience of teaching, or you'll need to show you can teach. For vocational subjects like art or engineering you'll need several years of relevant experience.

Career Path and Progression

You could work for universities and colleges, law and business schools, or private sector universities and schools.

After 5 to 7 years you could become a senior lecturer. You could then become a principal lecturer, reader or professor. Competition is strong and promotion depends on how well you perform.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Further education lecturer
  • Online tutor
  • Research scientist
  • Secondary school teacher

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • In depth knowledge and expertise in your chosen subject
  • The ability to motivate and inspire students
  • Able to speak well and express yourself clearly
  • Good leadership and management skills
  • Perseverance and dedication to complete research
  • Good organisational skills to juggle responsibilities
  • Commitment to your own professional development

Starting Salary

£33,000 to £55,000

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