How do you become an Online Tutor?

Have you ever had a passion for teaching? And you want to expand your experience as an online tutor. In this article, we will tell you what qualifications, skills and experience you need to become an online tutor. Read on to find out how much you can set your hourly rate to.

What do Online Tutors do?

There are so many different subjects which you can choose to teach from. Core subjects such as English, Maths or Science, or more extracurricular subjects like Languages, Music and Physical Education.

Online tutoring is a great career if you want to set your own hours to create a flexible schedule so you don't miss out on your much-needed social life, then online tutoring can be a great option for you. You must set clear boundaries for online learning whilst supporting through email, web chat and telephone.

Private tutoring is an opportunity to gain some work experience with virtual tutoring jobs, especially if you want to become a primary or secondary school teacher. You will be showing people of all ages to develop skills they may have difficulty with in school.

Creating content plans which are personalised for each client that is accessible to them. Setting an hourly or daily rate that covers all your costs, such as travel, resources and lunch.

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Qualifications to become an Online Tutor


In some subjects, a degree is needed; for example, to tutor subjects, a degree in that subject is crucial. You can also complete a school-based training programme or a postgraduate teacher training course at university. You’ll need GCSEs in English and Maths, and additionally 2 to 3 A-levels for a degree.


In regard to college courses, there is a level 3 Award in education and training, which can help you develop skills to be an online tutor. This is an excellent start for you if you are not yet in a teaching role or have limited time due to other commitments. Entry requirements for level 3 courses are 4 or 5 GCSEs in grades 9 to 4.

Skills needed to become an Online Tutor

Time Management

You are working on your own time, so your time management skills are crucial to stay productive and plan your time effectively. Being flexible, social and bold are great qualities as an online tutor. If you can not manage your time to factor in lesson planning and researching accurate resources, then your time and money are wasted.


Being an engaging character is a great skill and trait to have. Engaging your students in interactive learning and creating exciting online courses for your students. It can be difficult maintaining the learning environment when not in a classroom. Finding methods to keep engagement are a great way to support your students.

Use of Feedback

Being able to receive feedback and adapt your teaching style for your students is a skill to acquire and is essential for any service provider. Your online tutoring is a service for students to use when they struggle with subjects at school, college or university. Finding the best subject for you to teach and targeting that audience is effective market research.

Salaries of Online Tutors in the UK

Online tutor salary differs due to tutors setting their own salary; this is the case the majority of the time. However, the average salary for online tutors is £38,339; this is for various subjects. The starting salary for tutors in the UK is around £28,000 per year, although if you are experienced in your subjects, you can earn up to £53,000 per year. Some tutors charge hourly for lessons, which can go from £10 to £50 per hour, which is a competitive salary in the UK.

Salaries of Online Tutors in the UK

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Overview of Online Tutors

Profession Group Teaching
Minimum Age 16
Education Requirements GCSEs in Field
Salary Indication £38,000
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FAQs about Online Tutors

  • What subjects can I tutor?

  • The different subjects you can teach are:

    • English
    • Maths
    • Sciences
    • Language
    • Music

  • What are the best websites to use as an online tutor?

  • Some of the best websites to use in the UK are MyTutor, First Tutors and Fleet. However, many tutors make and use their own websites to create their own space for students to use.

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