The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is the in-service teaching qualification for lecturers in Scotland's Colleges and those in other further education and training settings.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
9 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
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TQFE helps you review your practice, extend your skills and knowledge in relation to the professional context in which you teach, and enhance the experience of your learners. TQFE is a part-time blended learning programme delivered in partnership with colleges. It combines distance learning and group workshops (either on-site at your college location or online). An online route is available for individuals or small numbers of participants from different colleges. TQFE is available at SCQF level 9 (part of the BA Professional Development programme) and level 11 (part of the Masters in Education programme). TQFE was accredited with commendation by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) in 2018 and is underpinned by the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges (2018).

What You'll Study

Degree Content

Degree Content

Compulsory Courses
Successful Learners in Further Education (ED50JH)

30 Credit Points

This course emphasises the role of the lecturer in enabling successful learning for all learners. This course encourages you to critically reflect on your understanding of your learners and yourself as a learner. You will be encouraged to deepen your insight of the needs and characteristics of your learners, underpinned by appropriate theoretical ideas which address factors that impact on being successful learners. The course brings together ideas of reflective practice, effective facilitation of learning and the development of skills for learning. It will support you to become flexible, reflective, innovative, creative and committed to professional development.

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Embracing Change and Innovation in Further Education (ED55JC)

30 Credit Points

This course encourages you to consider and embrace issues of innovation and change that arise from external and internal influences on the FE sector. It provides an opportunity for you to develop innovative, professional ideas and practice, interlinking theoretical aspects with practice and considering future professional contexts. The course offers an opportunity to reflect on the wider professional role and context, and the different influencing factors that impact on these, taking into consideration legislative, political, economic, social and technical changes, to help you develop resilience as a practitioner in a continually changing educational landscape.

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We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Peer Learning
  • Research
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Assessment on the programme takes a variety of forms. Each course includes two summative tasks and an observation of teaching practice. Formative assessment throughout the programme provides opportunities for feedback from peers, college co-tutors and university tutors.

Why Study Teaching Qualification in Further Education?

 TQFE is a flexible blended programme that allows you to develop your teaching practice and explore wider aspects of your role as an educator. Workshops, online activities and enquiry tasks help you engage with the theory and practice of education and work with peers to develop an understanding of a range of FE contexts. You can personalise the curriculum to allow you to explore issues and challenges relevant to your own context. The programme encourages reflection on personal experience and provides opportunities to work with others within a supportive learning community which includes peers, tutors, and colleagues in other colleges and countries. Comprehensive support structures, including university and local college tutors and services, are available throughout your studies. You have access to online library facilities and other services for online learners. TQFE will have an impact on your practice and confidence as an educator who can support learners to be successful. It will help you develop as a resilient practitioner in a professional environment of continual change.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

You must already be employed in a college or other appropriate setting. For TQFE at SCQF level 9 you must have completed minimally a HND (or equivalent) in a subject relevant to your area of teaching. For TQFE at SCQF level 11 you must have a good honours degree in a subject relevant to your area of teaching (or equivalent).

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,340
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £3,760
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

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This is an essential qualification required to teach at further education colleges throughout Scotland and the UK. Voluntary registration of the GTCS can be obtained after graduating.

Career Opportunities

  • Further Education Lecturer


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Information About Staff Changes

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Contact Details

School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
AB24 5UA