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We’re one of just three Scottish Universities endorsed by the Scottish Government to offer the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE).
If you’re a lecturer in Further Education, this is the qualification you need. Our in-service TQFE qualification will benefit you if you work in a further education or college environment, with five years’ experience of your subject area and at least two years’ training, teaching or coaching experience at an appropriate level.
We’re one of just three Scottish Universities endorsed by the Scottish Government to offer the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE), and it’s validated by the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS). You can register with GTCS when you graduate, and your qualification will ensure you’re a professionally recognised lecturer.
Our TQFE is unique in emphasising the importance of critical reflection, peer learning and peer assessment. We value the knowledge and skills you can bring to the course and encourage you to critically reflect on your existing teaching practice. Feedback from our previous students has been very positive about these features of the course.
Higher National Certificate (HNC) at Level 7 on the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) or equivalent.
This pathway is for students where an HNC is the highest qualification available in the UK in that subject area.
Higher National Diploma (HND) at Level 8 on the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) or equivalent.
Equivalent recognised qualifications are:
Candidates for both qualifications must also have both literacy and numeracy skills. The normal entry requirements are:
You should also have Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills equivalent to Intermediate 2 (i.e. level 5 on the SCQF).
If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.
Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent.
Please note, for this course all applicants should contact the Admissions and Accesss Office to request an application form.
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Recognition of prior learning
If you have any of the following prior Professional Development Awards (PDA's), you’ll undertake a 20 credit APL module as your final module on the course:
If you’re a postgraduate candidate who has the DELTA (or equivalent) award, you’ll be exempt from the final course module.
If you claim any of the above exemptions, you must provide your certificates when you apply for the TQFE course. Retrospective exemptions are not given once you’ve started the course. Where exemptions are granted, a reduced fee is charged.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.
Pre-sessional English language courses
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
You’ll be awarded with a BA or University Diploma when you complete the course. Over one academic year you’ll take three modules at SCQF Level 9, worth 120 points.
This course is available to those currently working in post-compulsory education (i.e. an FE college or similar institution) and you’ll take the course part-time.
Your workplace teaching forms an integral part of the course. The following modules are included: Learner Identity and Diversity; Teaching and Assessment; and Professional Practice or Professional Experiential Learning.
The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.
This TQFE course is delivered to you in a mixture of online and on-campus classroom teaching.
Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is used extensively as a significant element of the TQFE course. We provide a wide variety of digital resources for you to access online, including: recordings of all lectures; e-journals and e-books. Additional resources are provided by various organisations in the FE sector, including ‘College Development Network’, Education Scotland and General Teaching Council Scotland.
Our face-to-face teaching involves large group lectures, seminars and workshops delivered by TQFE staff and guest speakers. The lectures provide an opportunity for key concepts and issues to be highlighted, and for you to receive guidance about assessments. The opportunity to engage with your peers from different subject areas is a key element of the face-to-face learning.
You’ll complete three formal written assignments, each of 2,000 words. You’ll also be observed teaching at work on two separate occasions. Each observation involves a written reflective exercise based on professional dialogue with your observer. There are no examinations in Education.
7 face-to-face teaching days are offered either on our campus or at college-based sites.
Not available on this course.
*This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.
Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.
You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.
Important note for EU students
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the our University and Europe information pages.
While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.
Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU
The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.
Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)
The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.
The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.
In addition, students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.
You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.
To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.
Students domiciled overseas
The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.
There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.
If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.
EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.
We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.
The TQFE course provides you with a highly relevant qualification for lecturing in further education. Our course also attracts students from beyond the college sector. Some of our students come from Adult Learning organisations, the police, fire and ambulance services, as well as charities and other training providers.
If you achieve the BA award, you may also consider progressing to the MSc Professional Education and Leadership.
This course gives you the confidence and skills you need to be successful as a Further Education lecturer or Adult Learning tutor for a variety of training providers.
This course is not available as a combined degree.