364MC Teaching As A Career. By John Watson. Teaching. Employment Opportunities Training Working Patterns Salary Responsibilities Obtaining Employment Targets and Self Promotion. Employment Opportunities. Possible Employers. Local Colleges – Further Education Lecturer .
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By John Watson
Local Colleges – Further Education Lecturer
Workshops – Teaching Editing Skills & Camera Techniques
After School Clubs – A Beginners Guide To Media
In employment with a college, lots of different opportunities
await at varying levels of education.
Higher National Diploma
Final Cut Pro
The workshops would include training, using various Sony cameras
including the VX2100E, Z1E and Z7E.
Getting the Qualifications
Teacher training is essential for me
to achieve my goals. There are many
ways in which to go about getting this
Either through employment, or extra
courses. These can be paid for by either
myself, my employer or through Student
The course for the qualifications can be applied for through many avenues.
Although exempt from having to do an ITT (Initial Teacher Training) certificate,
There would be other qualifications I would need to gain in order to become an
There are a number of areas that I will need to learn to obtain these
What I Will Study
Once in a position of FE lecturer I must
register with the Institute for Learning.
Once I have my initial FE teaching certificates
and had enough time in the job I can then
apply for further qualifications. The QTLS
certificate (Qualified Teacher Learning and
Skills). The more qualifications you get the
higher on the pay scale you can go.
PTLLS – Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
The PTLLS award is an introduction into the teaching profession. The course is part time and is taught either by attending classes (usually) once a week or through long distance learning.
The course lasts approximately 30 hours and is the start of either a PGCE qualification or can lead onto a CTLLS (Certificate in the Lifelong Learning Sector) or a DTLLS (Diploma in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
The course is an introduction in to teaching practices that includes learning how to:Improve yourown skills; evaluation and reflection; awareness of own role and responsibilities; initial assessment and differentiation; teaching cycle - deliver, plan, assess, Communication; awareness of the learning process.
DTLLS – Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
The DTLLS differs from the PTLLS in that you need to be employed in a teaching capacity before undertaking the qualification. Whilst undertaking this qualification I would need to have 75 hours of teaching per year.
The course runs for two years in a part time structure, usually one day a week for the duration of the course.
The courses teaches:Minimum core Reflective practice; Equality and diversity; Individual learning plans and setting targets;Theories of communication,learning, barriers to learning; Planning and delivering learning; Teaching assessment,The role of the professional; Professional development; Quality assurance; Impact of learning; Challenging discrimination; Curriculum design
Hours of work can vary depending on whether you have a working
contract or not.
An average working week for an FE lecturer is 37 hours a week.
22 hours are spent teaching, while the other 15 hours is made of various
tasks such as grading, lesson planning and meetings with other faculty members.
Holidays are not based entirely around the students holidays. Many lecturers
are required to work throughout certain breaks. Media lecturers may also have to
work away on residential trips.
* Qualified Lecturer.
Information from www.ucu.org
Another benefit of becoming qualified to teach FE is the TPI (Teacher
The TPI guarantees that a qualified contracted worker will receive
a certain pay scale and hours of employment depending on their
stage of qualification.
SSP (Statutory Sick Pay) is also a benefit of a contracted FE lecturer.
The rate of pay varies. Different establishments pay different ways,
That can depend upon size of contract and time served. The standard
rate of SSP is currently £79.15 a week.
Obviously being an FE lecturer comes with responsibilities.
You have to make sure that you create a safe working environment for your students,
Where everyone feels welcome regardless of background or learning ability.
As a lecturer you have a responsibility to be punctual and have pre-planned
Suitable behavior is also a must. You must act appropriate at all times and never
overstep the boundaries of teacher and pupil.
Your lessons must be age appropriate and contain accurate information
As well as the students you must work as a team with other lecturers passing
on salient information, enabling the work place to run as efficiently as possible.
You may be required to take tutorials, where you will have to deal with
students on a 1 on 1 basis.
Record keeping may be required as well as other administrative tasks such
as progress reports on students and quality assurance reviews.
Setting and thinking of briefs so that your students meet all the criteria they
Need to pass the course.
Interviewing potential students could also be a role you need to undertake.
Acting as a personal tutor and having to deal with a range of personal issues
that a student may have.
Being responsible for kit and scheduling for it.
You also need to keep learning, because everything that you know you
can pass on to others.
Obtaining employment in this field is specialised. I would have to
apply to colleges who run media departments, 6th form colleges
or even prisons to try and find work.
As well as NWHC there are several other colleges in the Midland
area that run media courses.
There are courses running in:
This is an extract from the connexions jobs4u website on employment
There are around 400 further education colleges in England and 200,000
full-time and part-time lecturers. Jobs are widely available and opportunities
exist in many towns and cities throughout England. Lecturers may also work
in prisons and with private training organisations.
Competition for posts varies according to the subject area and the part of country.
Temporary contracts and part-time work are common and a good way of getting in.
Jobs are advertised in The Times Educational Supplement, the Tuesday edition of
The Guardian, the websites of individual colleges and the local and regional press.
In order to gain the qualifications needed to become an FE lecturer,
I will look for employment either full-time or part-time in that role.
I will send out my C.V. on paper and digitally in order to find work.
I feel that I have a number of abilities that would enable me to become
a good lecturer.
I feel I possess a wide ranging knowledge and enthusiasm for the
subject of media.
I can get on with people of all ages and backgrounds
I am confident in my own ability and am assured when talking to groups
I am able to use the available equipment to a decent standard and
enjoy showing others what I know.
I also feel I am good at organising and helping others
I enjoy working with like minded people.
My experience of film making for myself is useful too and I have won
awards through doing it.
In conclusion I feel that teaching would benefit me mentally and
financially as there is a lot of room for progress in this field, if I am
willing to put in the time and effort. The college experience from my
own point of view as an adult learner has been a positive one, and I
hope to be able to pass that on to others.
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