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


Program Description


Do you want to become a lecturer in further education? If so, this is the qualification you need. Our pre-service Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is a unique course that we tailor specifically to students who aspire to a career in the FE sector.

We’re one of just three Scottish Universities who are endorsed by the Scottish Government to offer the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE). It’s validated by the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) and you can register with them when you graduate. We’re also guided and informed by a Programme Advisory Group made up of colleagues from further education colleges.

It’s a qualification that will ensure you have the best start to a career in further education. As a pre-service student, you may have other teaching experience but wish to gain the TQFE qualification to work in the further education sector.

Our course is informed by the latest research and is practice-focused, ensuring you have a high-quality learning experience. We also emphasise peer interaction and critical reflection in our teaching. The course also includes a placement opportunity in a further education institution to build your confidence in teaching and increase your employability.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We’re the only TQFE provider to offer a pre-service course for those wishing to progress to a teaching career in further education

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

#3 The course includes a placement period to increase your experience and employability

Course details

This is a recognised teaching qualification if you’d like to pursue a career in the further education sector. You’ll follow a one year course which leads to a BA degree or an undergraduate diploma. Over the year you’ll cover five modules at SCQF Level 9 that are worth 120 credit points, including: Learner Diversity; Teaching and Assessment 1 and 2; Link Practice; and Professional Development.

We have strong links with the college sector, enabling us to arrange placements with various partner colleges throughout Scotland.


Our modules require you to attend on-campus lectures, seminars and workshops. There’s also a placement at a Scottish further education college which gives you excellent teaching practice.

We make all our teaching materials available to you 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
  • General Teaching Council Scotland


As a pre-service student, you’ll undertake an unpaid college placement. You’ll be observed teaching on your placement on two separate occasions. Each observation involves a written reflective exercise based on professional dialogue with your observer. These are usually carried out by core staff on the TQFE course. We also employ FE college-based Teacher Fellows who complement the core team who undertake teaching observations.

There are no examinations in Education.

Classroom hours

This full-time course consists of 20 on-campus taught days, in addition to 120 hours of teaching practice on placement at a local college.

Work placement opportunities

Our course is practice-focused, so you’ll go on an unpaid teaching placement at a local college (120 hours of teaching). This involves 2 to 3 days per week of teaching practice in a college. Your placement will be supported by tutor visits and college mentors. It gives you the opportunity to develop and enhance your teaching practice in the further education environment.

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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