Why teach Post-compulsory?

What is post-compulsory education? In basic terms it covers everything after GCSE level, so:

  • adult education courses
  • college and university education
  • company training schemes
  • careers guidance
  • rehabilitation in prisons
  • youth centres and much more.

Some common roles people in the sector have are:

  • university lecturer
  • further education lecturer
  • careers Adviser
  • youth worker
  • librarian.

What do you teach?
You will teach anything and everything, from basic skills in literacy and numeracy, to technical training courses. Subjects our students have studied include sociology, communication studies, beauty therapy and art and design.

What salary can I expect?
Salary scales are based on the sector you want to teach in. An unqualified lecturer in a college or prison could expect to earn a starting salary of £19,000 a year, which can rise to over £35,000 after qualification and a few years’ experience. While a university lecturer could earn anything from £30,000 - £50,000 plus a year, depending on experience.

What qualifications do you need?
That depends on what role you want to do, and who you want to teach. Many roles have specific qualifications, such as the Diploma in Career Guidance, or the Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services.

To become a Further or Higher Education lecturer you usually need Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. QTLS is completed post-qualification and within your employing institution through professional formation, which involves you demonstrating your skills and knowledge in your professional practice. Applications are made by you through the Society for Education and Training and the time frame for completion is determined by your individual circumstances. QTLS has recently been recognised as equivalent to QTS allowing holders to work in schools.

Find out the training route to become a teacher in the post-compulsory education sector.