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PGCert Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - In-service

Already teach in a further education college? Complement your experience and qualifications with a postgraduate degree in teaching for further education (TQFE).

Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - In-service

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Key facts

  • Award Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date August
  • Duration PGCert part-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
  • Accreditations General Teaching Council for Scotland

This is the recognised teaching qualification for people who are already lecturing in further education – called In-Service. The course is based on the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges, and is fully accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

If you’re a lecturer and already teach in a further education college, or similar environment, you can complement your previous experience and qualifications with a postgraduate degree in TQFE. The course is also suitable for anyone who works in other education and training contexts in post-compulsory education.

Throughout the course you’ll develop your personal and professional abilities to help you adopt greater responsibility and leadership in your own work environment.

The University of Stirling have been delivering the TQFE course for 15 years. The course integrates a range of pedagogic techniques which aim to encourage you to engage with academic and policy literature and to communicate with your peers as part of a ‘professional learning community’. Both face-to-face sessions and a variety of online technologies are used to deliver the course.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditations

    This course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Educational research at the University of Stirling had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish university, with 100% classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Our expert teaching team are on hand to introduce you to cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research in a multi-disciplinary and professional environment.

Fraser Hainey
The TQFE lecturers were very helpful and informative. Due to the nature of the course, a lot of work was done outside the University, but the teaching staff had plenty of communication with me. This was very helpful and reassuring.
Fraser Hainey
PGCert Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - In-service
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The TQFE course offers students the ability to walk the walk and talk the talk
David McShane
TQFE employer
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I have met lots of new friends and its great being around like-minded people.
Susan McIntosh
Tertiary Education (TQFE)
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