What you could teach

FE colleges teach a huge range of subjects, from care to construction.

Often the subjects taught reflect the needs of the local economy.

The courses taught include:

  • GCSEs
  • T Levels (a new qualification, considered a vocational alternative to an A Level)
  • BTECs
  • Apprenticeships

Professions, vocations and trades

Subject areas

There are too many subject areas to list them all.

Here's a sample list of some of the sectors covered by FE teaching:

  • agriculture, environment and animal care
  • business, administration and office management
  • catering and hospitality
  • childcare and education
  • construction
  • creative and design
  • digital and IT
  • emergency and armed services
  • engineering and manufacturing
  • hair and beauty
  • health and life sciences
  • legal, finance and accounting
  • sales, marketing and procurement
  • social care
  • transport and logistics

Ideally you'll have a level 3 qualification in your area of expertise.

What levels mean

Traditional academic subjects

Subject areas

You could teach in subjects like:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social sciences
  • humanities
  • modern foreign languages
  • art and design
  • performing arts

You need at least an A level or equivalent qualification in your subject to teach it in in FE.

Some FE providers may insist that you have a degree in the subject you want to teach.

Start teaching your subject

There are different ways to start teaching in further education. You can study part-time or even take a job with a college or training provider that lets you work as a teacher straight away.


Got a question about teaching in FE?

Call our advisors on 0800 389 2502.

Lines are open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm.


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