E-tutor, e-learning tutor
Online tutors support students who are studying courses over the internet.
Salary range: Variable
How to become an online tutor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- private training
You may need a degree in a specialist subject depending on the level of course you plan to teach online. For example you’ll need a degree in maths to teach A level maths.
You’ll might also need to get qualified teacher status (QTS) if you’re teaching academic qualifications. Some degrees include this.
If you have a degree in a subject without QTS, you can get it by completing one of the following:
- a postgraduate teacher training course at university
- a school-based training programme
You can search for teacher training courses on GOV UK.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You could do a college course like the Level 3 Award in Education and Training to get some of the skills needed for this job. This is suitable if you’re not yet in a teaching role or have limited teaching hours.
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You can usually take qualifications while you work. The exact qualification you do will depend on your job but could include:
- Level 4 Certificate and Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training
You can apply to companies directly if you’ve got the following:
- excellent IT skills
- teaching, training or tutoring experience
- in-depth knowledge of the subject you’re going to teach
You can do a course with a private training provider, and some of these can be done online. You should check courses carefully to make sure they meet your needs.
You can find out more about training to teach online from the Education & Training Foundation.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- customer service skills
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- knowledge of media production and communication
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
What you’ll do
Your duties might include:
- setting clear rules for online behaviour
- helping students develop their study skills
- acting as a point of contact for students’ or parents’ queries
- giving support by email, webchat, social media and telephone
- managing online discussion forums
- setting up audio and video conferencing
- conducting ‘virtual classroom’ lessons using web technology
- monitoring students’ progress
- assessing students’ work and giving constructive feedback
You could work from home.
Career path and progression
You could move into other areas of online education, like course development, management, private tuition or consultancy.