Higher Education (HE) lecturers carry out research and teach the next generation of construction professionals in universities and higher education colleges.
As a lecturer in a construction-related field you will specialise in one area of study, such as architecture, engineering, business and management, planning, surveying or more.
Typical hours per week
36 - 38
How to become a higher education lecturer
There are several routes to becoming a HE lecturer. You could do a university course or a postgraduate apprenticeship, or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
For most teaching or training roles at university level, you will need a relevant degree (first class or 2 : 1) which is relevant to the subject you want to teach.
You will also need to have completed, or be working towards, a PhD and to have had academic research published.
You’ll be expected to gain a teaching qualification. This is usually offered by your university and can be completed while working.
In order to teach vocational subjects, such as engineering or surveying, you’ll need to have had several years’ relevant work experience in the construction industry.
You’ll need :
Graduate training scheme
Some HE lecturers gain teaching experience by planning and leading undergraduate classes whilst they are completing postgraduate studies.
Some universities offer paid roles for graduate teaching assistants, which will allow you to work towards becoming a HE lecturer.
You could complete a postgraduate apprenticeship to become a HE lecturer.
Employers will have their own entry requirements but you are likely to need a postgraduate qualification, such as a master’s or PhD to become a HE lecturer.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have previous experience of working in construction, and a relevant degree, you could apply directly to a university for work as a HE lecturer.
Your employer may ask you to complete some teaching qualifications on-the-job.
In order to become a HE lecturer in a vocational subject, you will need to have substantial work experience in the field you aim to teach.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in the industry.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a HE lecturer include :
What does a higher education lecturer do?
As a HE lecturer, you will be responsible for teaching academic and / or vocational subjects to students training to enter the construction industry.
It’s a rewarding role for anyone who wants to pass on knowledge, skills and a passion for the built environment.
Lecturers are sometimes employed in a joint teaching and research position. In a college, the main focus of your work is likely to be on teaching, whereas in a university the focus will include research.
The role of a HE lecturer involves the following duties :
How much could you earn as a higher education (HE) lecturer?
The expected salary for a HE lecturer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.