How to Become a Lecturer


What is a lecturer?

Lecturers are teachers who teach academic and vocational subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students. They work in universities and higher education colleges. They are called lecturers and not teachers because they give out lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical demonstrations to classes that tend to be bigger than an average classroom.

Lecturers will teach a profession/career to students and prepare them to receive the qualification in their chosen profession. They will often teach the theories and requirements needed to be acknowledged before moving into the ‘working life’.


How to Become a Lecturer 

To become a lecturer you will need to have the relevant degree for the subject you may wish to teach. You will need to have a bachelor’s degree 2.1 or above, masters and Ph.D. However, a Ph.D. is the main qualification you need to achieve to become a full-time lecturer.

You will also need the basic teaching qualifications, which are:

  • Level 3 Award in Education & Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training

It will almost be impossible to become a lecturer without a Ph.D., even if you have degree, masters, and qualifications. However, you will need to have the ‘basic’ qualifications to start your Ph.D.

If you want to become a lecturer but haven’t got any teaching or a relevant degree, there are courses you can complete but you will most likely to have to pay for them. To start your Ph.D. you will also study and pay for it.

You will have to contact the Education & Training Foundation to find out which course can be good for you to get you started and how much it would cost.


Skills Required to Become a Lecturer

  • Verbal and written communication skills – Verbal and written communication skills are both important if you are planning to become a lecturer. Being able to communicate with your students both verbally and in writing allows them to understand you even if the subject is complex.
  • Creativity – As a lecturer, you will have to be creative. Lecturers have to keep their students engaged, therefore, you have to use new methods to keep them engaged. For example, creating interactive PowerPoint presentations with GIFs and videos.
  • Confidence, Patience and Control – Teaching young adults can get difficult at times. You will need to have confidence and patience with your students but you will also have to know how to control them and not let them distract you from delivering lectures.
  • Commitment – As a lecturer, it will be a priority to spend time making presentations, preparing for lessons, marking exams and assessments on time. Therefore, lecturers have to be committed to their classes to deliver quality lessons to the students.

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What Are the Responsibilities of a Lecturer?

  • Delivering lectures, seminars & practical demonstrations – An everyday responsibility will be teaching. You will have to deliver lectures and seminars and show that you are the expert on the subject, you will also have to show practical demonstrations if necessary. However, you will have to make sure that students are able to understand what you are delivering to them and even if they don’t, you know how to explain it in another way.
  • Preparing for classes, creating activities – Lecturers spend time creating lecture and seminar plans, getting resources together, creating activities for the students. This is another daily responsibility, which will be a priority on a daily basis. This is also where the creativity skill comes into place because lecturers always have to make sure they deliver interesting lessons even if the unit is boring.
  • Implementing new ways of teaching – As a lecturer to keep lectures interesting, you will have to find new ways to teach theories and tasks to the students. By applying new ways of teaching, you will see which way they manage to learn the fastest and therefore, that chosen teaching method can be used with harder units.
  • Assessing work – Assessing work will be another priority responsibility which will have to be done. Assessing will take time, therefore, keeping timings is very important. Assessments can also help to see what areas students tend to find harder and as a lecturer could help by going over the topic again.
  • Setting, preparing and marking examinations – Exam season will be a priority for students and for lecturers too. You will have to make sure you set up mock exams for students for practice, teach and prepare them for exam relevant requirements. In some cases you will also mark exam papers relevant to your subject, so you have to make sure you are prepared for that too.


Career progression

To become a lecturer you will go through different stages of career progression. The more experience you will have the further you will proceed.

Entry Level Lecturer Lecturer Senior Lecturer
As an entry level lecturer, you have completed your masters in the chosen subject and have some experience in teaching. You are still studying for your Ph.D. As a lecturer, you have completed your Ph.D. You will have more responsibilities than being an entry level lecturer, e.g. you may take on bigger classes. At a senior level, you will have more responsibilities. You may be marking examinations and assessments of students you haven’t taught. You may also represent your university in talks and conferences.




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