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How to get started teaching Psychology at FE level

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by superchickadee, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. superchickadee

    superchickadee New commenter

    I hope someone can give me a little guidance please. I would like to start teaching Psychology at FE level, either in a college or 6th form centre but I don't really know where to start!
    I have a PGCE (primary) although I haven't worked in that area for years, I have been working as a specialist study skills tutor at FE and HE for the past 5 years. I recently got an MSc in psychology and the FE guidance people said I would be qualified to start teaching at FE level but I don't know where to start - I have contacted my local FE institutions a few times asking for some work experience/free TA work but they don't reply :( I then decided to find myself the schemes of work, although they vary so much depending on the exam board I got a bit lost.

    Any top tips for starting me off would be very gratefully received!! Thanks :)
  2. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    F.E. Jobs website.
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  3. num3bers

    num3bers Occasional commenter

    Well, subject notwithstanding, when I wanted a job, I just applied. I sent a load of letters ( each individually written, not a round robin thing) to departments and colleges in my area and asked to be considered for sessional work. I sent my CV with my letter. Some ignored me, others gave a polite reply saying I was "on list". It took a while but at the beginning of September /October I got a couple of telephone calls offering work. I went for an informal interview and got the jobs. Once in, I stayed for several years and got additional hours. I loved it. However, I found getting a permanent job harder. For that I moved into sixth form and school teaching.
  4. mandarmstrong

    mandarmstrong New commenter

    I've been teaching Psychology in FE institutions for 17 years now and can safely say that not many jobs come up specifically for Psychology alone. Do you have any other subjects you could offer? Biology, Sociology, RE? You could also get some work experience by offering your services in private tuition and look at registering with exam boards to do some marking in summer (AQA are always recruiting). It's also worth contacting local colleges again, even if you suggest volunteering sometime. Other than that it's just go for it and apply for jobs, as many as you like, you might find that once you get your foot in an institution there may be opportunities to teach Psychology later on, it's always a popular subject. Don't give up but be prepared to play the long game. Good luck!

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