A qualified teacher status (QTS) is needed to teach in any primary or secondary educational institution. While FE teachers do not require QTS they can still apply for qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS) which gives them the opportunity to teach at different levels but usually to the employers discretion. People employed by institutions that require QTS are paid according to the school teachers pay scale which in most cases is higher than those who work within a FE institution.

While studying a FE PGCE would give me the qualifications to work in a FE institution I will need to decide whether or not it’d be worth it to apply for a QTLS so I am not stuck in an institution that would be paying me less for a potentially more advanced level of teaching.