Adult education lecturer

An adult education lecturer may be employed in sixth form, FE colleges or in community/local authority adult education centres as well as within the Armed Forces and Prison Service. Students are those over 18 years old and wish to study part time. As such, many classes are often in the evenings or weekends, meaning many adult education lecturers work part time.

Key responsibilities of a further education lecturer:


  • Designing a course suitable for the learner’s level.
  • Planning and preparation of lessons.
  • Helping learners with difficulties they may be having
  • Understanding the purpose of the learners attendance, understanding their future goals and designing courses to match demand.
  • Keeping topics up to date, using necessary resources at their disposal.
  • Monitoring and assessing of work. Giving feedback.
  • Empower their students, making them more confident and self-reliant.

A good adult education lecturer:


  • Able to work with a wide range of ages and abilities.
  • Strong knowledge of the taught subject area, making it interesting and relevant to the learners.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Work well within a team, interacting on a personal level with their students to ensure they best understand the topic and ways in which they learn best.
  • Flexibility in working times. Likely to be required to work evenings and/or weekends.
  • Able to keep the teaching resources up to date and relevant.
  • Keep up to date with the topic, including real life applications.