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How to become a Sports Lecturer

What is a sports lecturer?

Lecturers are vastly experienced in their chosen subject and usually teach classes of older students in further education. They have the option of teaching in FE or HE colleges or universities or in adult education centres, depending on their own preference. Normally lecturers have some previous teaching experience and continually research new topics in planning their classes, amongst many other responsibilities.

What qualifications do I need to become a sports lecturer?

Normally lecturers need a teaching qualification such as PGCE, but in some cases this can be substituted for substantial professional experience in their chosen subject. The exact requirements depend on the job but as a general rule you need good English and Maths GCSE’s too.

What skills/experience will an employer look for?

Prior teaching experience will almost certainly appeal to the employer, as will a history of working within the subject area you’re looking to lecture on. You’ll need to prove you are comfortable talking in front of and working with big classes of people, as well as being approachable and professional at all times.

Who might employ a sports lecturer?

• Universities • Colleges • Adult education centres • Schools

What salary can I expect?

Qualified lecturers can expect a minimum starting salary of £23,000, which will grow with experience.

What is my career progression?

After a few years of lecturing you can become a senior lecturer, with more responsibility and a bigger salary packet. There are also opportunities to become a head of department, divisional manager or other senior management positions within an institution.

What are the best things about becoming a sports lecturer?

Lecturers usually get to teach in an environment where everyone wants to be there and is eager to learn about your subject. There is generally a much better relationship between lecturers and students and you get all the benefits of seeing people learn and develop as a result of your work.

Are there any drawbacks?

Sometimes you might be required to work in the evenings, either with more lecturing or more mundane tasks like marking work. Lecturing positions are always highly sought after and can be difficult jobs to break into. Why not view our latest lecturing vacancies or sign up for job alerts.

More information:

For more information, advice and guidance about careers in PE, Sport, Training and Fitness and Activity Holiday Jobs, visit our careers advice centre; including job hunting tips,  CV guide and much more.

Useful links:

For more information on lecturing, visit the Association of Teachers and Lecturers website.