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PGDip Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - Pre-service

Considering a lecturing career? Our accredited Pre-Service TQFE course is the recognised qualification to become a lecturer in Scottish further education (FE).

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

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Key facts

  • Award Postgraduate Diploma
  • Start date August
  • Duration PGDip full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
  • Accreditations General Teaching Council for Scotland

The Pre-Service TQFE course is the recognised qualification for people who want to go on to be a lecturer in Scottish further education (FE). 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. The course supports you in developing your capacity as a professional educator so that you can make a positive contribution to the modern further education sector.

You’ll gain valuable work experience in one of our partner colleges across Scotland, and enhance your understanding and professional practice within the FE sector.

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.

  • Work placements

    You’ll gain valuable work experience in one of our partner colleges across Scotland. The work-based placement provides a rich, context sensitive, learning experience for you. Support is provided by university tutors and also by experienced college staff who act as mentors in introducing you to the complexities of the modern further education college.

  • 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.

I have met lots of new friends and its great being around like-minded people.
Susan McIntosh
Tertiary Education (TQFE)
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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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