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

University of Stirling
Program overview
12 months
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
August 2021

August 2022

August 2023

Program description

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

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 (2018), 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.

Admission requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent is required.

You must also be employed in an appropriate work environment e.g. a college or similar organisation.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Indicator 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China minimum 543 overall, 54 in listening, 53 in structure and written expression, 56 in reading and B2 in speaking
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 105 overall with a minimum of 95 in each sub-skill
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1, Autumn semester

Compulsory module

  • Learner Identity & Diversity

Compulsory module

  • Teaching and Assessment

Year 1, Spring semester

  • Adult Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Accreditation of Prior Professional Development Award

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Mode of study: part-time, campus based, stand-alone modules

Tuition fees

Fee for UK students

  • Full course fee: £1,800
  • 20-credit module fee: £600


Award - Postgraduate Certificate

Key principles underpinning this TQFE postgraduate degree include:

  • developing awareness of appropriate professional values and attributes of the vocational educator
  • encouraging innovation in teaching/learning and wider professional practice
  • supporting the development of a ‘professional enquiry’ approach throughout and beyond the course

Continuing studies

It will help you to progress in your career either within employment or you could also go on to do further study such as the MSc in Professional Education and Leadership, or the MRes Educational Research, EdD Doctorate in Education, Education PhD.

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University of Stirling

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University of Stirling

FK9 4LA Stirling

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