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Does anyone teach HE courses but based in an FE institution?

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MaybeDoctor Wed 23-Aug-17 13:32:40

I am thinking of applying for a job teaching a degree course in an FE based centre. This would be an honours degree in a vocational subject.

I have the relevant qualifications (Masters in the subject area and teaching quals) but no experience of teaching at HE level. However, I have taught/trained adults before.

Does anyone do this? Any insights? The contract isn't bad - permanent, with good pension.


MaybeDoctor Fri 25-Aug-17 17:19:00

Any thoughts?

ilovesushi Sat 07-Oct-17 17:42:04


Sounds very similar to what I do. I find there is some friction between FE and HE mainly at a management level not so much between lecturers. I sometimes hanker after working on a proper university campus, but I have a pretty cushy set up and it works okay with family life so it'll do for now.

Check out pay scales. I was pretty alarmed to find I am on the top of the pay scale with nowhere to go. If I were at a uni, my next step would be senior lecturer and a significant pay jump.

I had almost no teaching experience when I started three years ago, so had to do a PGCE alongside my teaching. My college tried to make me do a generic one for post-16 education, but I was adamant I was doing an HE specific one which also included an HEA fellowship. It means when I do want to switch employer, I will be a more attractive proposition for universities.

Good luck with it!

DrCoconut Sat 07-Oct-17 18:18:26

I teach HE in an FE environment and can only echo what sushi said. Although it is not a poorly paid job it doesn't have the potential of a university post. There can be problems where FE style rules are imposed even though they don't work well for HE. But we have a great team and it is relatively flexible and family friendly, plus I get 7 weeks holiday plus Christmas grin

MaybeDoctor Sun 08-Oct-17 09:24:56

Many thanks, both - food for thought.

It seems that a lot of people are keen on these posts as I didn't get far in the recruitment process and I am generally pretty good at getting interviews. Who knew that it would be so popular? Never mind!

ilovesushi Mon 09-Oct-17 07:55:41

Next time! I think it's getting crazily competitive. I'd be tempted to give them a call and find out what they thought was missing from your application. x

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