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

Postgraduate Diploma
12 months
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - Pre-service postgraduate diploma at University of Stirling is based on the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges.

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The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - Pre-service postgraduate diploma at University of Stirling supports you in developing your capacity as a professional educator to make a positive contribution to the modern further education sector.

You’ll gain valuable work experience in one of the partner colleges across Scotland, and enhance your understanding and professional practice within the FE sector.

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’.

Career opportunities

As the recognised teaching qualification for people who want a lecturing career in Scottish further education, the TQFE provides you with a highly relevant and marketable postgraduate qualification.

Graduates are able to confidently seek employment as a further education lecturer. They 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).
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.

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). a

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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