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


Program Description


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.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We’re 1st in Scotland for Education Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2018) and top 10 in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2019)

#2 We’re one of only three universities in Scotland to offer TQFE qualifications

#3 Our blended learning approach combines face-to-face, online learning and teaching practice

Course details

You’ll be awarded 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.


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.

Classroom hours

7 face-to-face teaching days are offered either on our campus or at college-based sites.

Study abroad

Not available on this course.


Dr Kevin Brosnan, Course Director

+44 (0)1786 467681

Fees and costs

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Last updated Nov 2018

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