Taught course

Teaching Qualification in Further Education - In-service

Institution
University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Candidates must also have both literacy and numeracy skills which meets the demands of the course. The normal entry requirement will be: A National Qualification Course award in English at level 6 on the SCQF (or suitable evidence of being able to attain this standard) or SQA communication level III. A National Qualification Course award in numeracy or Mathematics at level 4 on the SCQF (or suitable evidence of being able to attain this standard). Candidates should have Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills equivalent to Intermediate 2 (i.e. level 5 on the SCQF). This level of skill in the use of ICT is required partly in order to be able to fully participate on the TQ(FE) course and partly in order to be able to function effectively in the working environment. Students on the in-service course must have access to/be employed in an appropriate work environment (e.g. a college).

Months of entry

August

Course content

The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is the recognised teaching qualification for individuals who currently work as lecturers in Further Education. It gives you the recognised teaching qualification for the FE sector, allows you to take the course at your own pace and provides opportunities to progress onto further qualifications.

If you are considering a lecturing career in Scottish Further Education, this course provides you with college-based placement experience and a highly relevant and marketable postgraduate qualification.
Accreditation
‌This course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Course objectives
The Stirling TQFE programme has been offered for 15 years and is a well-respected programme. The programme was commended in June 2012 when reviewed by the GTCs. The Stirling TQFE programme (at both UG and PG levels) integrates a range of pedagogic techniques which aim to encourage students to engage with academic and policy literature and to communicate with their peers as part of a ‘professional learning community’. Both face-to-face (on campus or on college based sites) sessions and a variety of online technologies are used to achieve the overall aims of the programme.
The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is designed to meet the needs of the contemporary Scottish Further Education (FE) sector. The content is based on the professional standards for FE staff as laid down by the Scottish Government and is fully accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The course is suitable for:
  • In-service: Lecturers currently working in Further Education colleges
  • Individuals who work in other education and training contexts in post-compulsory education

Fees and funding

UK students
£1,760
International students
n/a

Part-time In-service students working a maximum of 15 hours per week may be eligible for the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SASS) funding.

Accredited prior learning may result in a reduction of your fees, see our website for details.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

part time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
3X 3,000 word essays 2x classroom observations100

Course contact details

Name
Tracy Hoggan, TQFE Secretary
Email
tqfe@stir.ac.uk
Fax
+44 (0) 1786 467934