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

University of Stirling

Postgraduate Certificate
12 months
1800 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This is the recognised teaching qualification for people who are already lecturing in further education – called in-service. The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - In-service course offered by University of Stirling is based on the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges.


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 Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - In-service course offered by University of Stirling you’ll develop your personal and professional abilities to help you adopt greater responsibility and leadership in your own work environment.

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.

Career opportunities

As the recognised teaching qualification for people already employed in Scottish further education, the TQFE provides you with a highly relevant and marketable postgraduate qualification.

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, EdD Educational Doctorate or the part-time PhD programme.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learner Identity & Diversity
  • Teaching and Assessment
  • Adult Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Professional Experiential Learning
  • Accreditation of Prior Professional Development Award

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
60 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent is required.
  • You should have ICT skills equivalent to Intermediate 2 (level 5 on the SCQF). 

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    1800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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