How to become a Private Exam Tutor

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: February 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

A private exam tutor provides tuition to pupils preparing for examinations in various subjects and at various levels. Tuition is usually provided on a one-to-one basis, but it can also involve small groups of pupils. It usually takes place at the pupil's home or the tutor's home, but it can also take place in a private tuition centre, on school premises or, increasingly, online. Typical subjects taught by private exam tutors include maths, English, foreign languages and sciences at levels including SATs, GSCEs, A levels, Scottish Standard and Higher Grades and (in local education authorities that still have grammar schools) the 11 plus.

Pupils benefit from private tuition if they are struggling with a particular subject, resitting an exam or developing ahead of their peers and taking an exam early. More generally, extra tuition is part of the revision process for many pupils.

Private exam tutors are typically hired directly by the pupil's parent or guardian. Many also register with a private tuition agency. Many agencies only accept tutors who meet minimum standards of qualification in teaching or in their main subject.

Tuition is typically provided out of school hours and during school holidays. In many cases, private tutors operate on a part-time basis in order to supplement their main income. For example some full-time teachers provide private exam tuition in their spare time.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a private exam tuition service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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