The Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) is designed for in service lecturers in Scottish Colleges to help you review your own practise, extend your knowledge and enhance the learning experience in FE.

This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.

TQFE is a teaching qualification designed as an in-service professional learning opportunity for lecturers in Scotland's Colleges (people already employed in a further education college setting or other relevant setting). The programme aims to help practitioners review their own practice, extend their skills and knowledge in relation to the professional context in which they teach and enhance the experience of all learners in further education.

TQFE is approved by the Scottish Government and the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Successful completion provides eligibility for voluntary registration with the GTC(Scotland).

The programme consists of three courses at SCQF level 9 (degree route) or level 11 (masters route) delivered in partnership with colleges, flexibly online or on-site at the college campus (at the request of the college, subject to viable groups). The online route allows for small numbers of participants from different colleges to work together throughout the TQFE.

  • Developing Professional Practice in Further Education
  • Successful Learners in Further Education
  • Embracing Change and Innovation in Further Education
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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month

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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Course Availability

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

Assessment Methods

Formative assessment is a feature of all courses, by means of feedback and support from tutors and co-tutors. The Developing Professional Practice course encourages the use of an e-portfolio to evidence and reflect on practice. Summative assessments for all four courses are designed to incorporate written assignments based on workplace learning and reflective inquiry.

Why Study Teaching Qualification in Further Education?

TQFE is an essential programme for all lecturers in Scotland's College sector to enable registration with the GTC (Scotland)

The programme is distance learning to give you on-site college learning if your college requests this or you can work flexibly online

Entry Requirements

TQFE is also part of the BA Professional Development (BAPD) programme. If you have completed TQFE and meet the requirements for entry to year three of the degree programme, then normally you need to pass only the three Core Courses to qualify for a degree award.

For further information please see the BA(PD) website


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 setting.

TQFE is part of the BA Professional Development (BAPD) programme.

For the undergraduate route you are required to have completed minimally a HND in a relevant subject. For the postgraduate Certificate route, you are required to have an honours degree to meet the entry requirements for Masters level study.

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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

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,275
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £3,580
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • 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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


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

Career Opportunities

  • Junior Lecturer
  • Teacher


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Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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Contact Details

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