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

General

Program Description

Overview

This TQFE postgraduate diploma course is based on the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges and is fully accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. The course 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 our partner colleges across Scotland, and enhance your understanding and professional practice within the FE sector.

The University of Stirling has been delivering the TQFE course for 15 years. 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.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

#2 This course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland

#3 You’ll gain valuable work experience in one of our partner colleges across Scotland

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Work placements

You’ll gain valuable work experience in one of our partner colleges across Scotland. The work-based placement provides a rich, context-sensitive, learning experience for you. Support is provided by university tutors and also by experienced college staff who act as mentors in introducing you to the complexities of the modern further education college.

Course details

Key principles underpinning this TQFE postgraduate degree include:

  • developing awareness of appropriate professional values and attributes of the vocational educator
  • encouraging innovation in teaching/learning and wider professional practice
  • supporting the development of a ‘professional enquiry’ approach throughout and beyond the course

Teaching

The course is taught using a combination of lectures, seminars and materials made available via the University of Stirling's online learning environment. In the most recent study by QS, staff from the University of Stirling received a 5 out of 5-star rating for teaching (QS World University Rankings 2018).

Face-to-face sessions

Whilst attending teaching days students will experience large group lectures delivered by TQFE staff and, on occasions, invited guest lecturers. The lectures provide an opportunity for key concepts and issues to be highlighted and for you to receive guidance about key aspects of assessment tasks. Lectures are recorded using the university’s ‘Listen Again’ system and can be easily accessed by students attending at college-based sites.

The key concepts introduced via the lectures are explored in greater depth in small group seminars and workshops during the rest of the day. In the seminars/workshops you’re encouraged to draw upon your own professional experience and context and to share ideas and knowledge with your peers. The opportunity to engage with peers from different subject areas is seen to be a key element of the face-to-face learning and this has been frequently highlighted in feedback from students.

Online

Canvas, our virtual learning environment, is used extensively as a significant element of the TQFE course. A wide variety of digital resources are made available online, including:

  • recordings of all lectures (made available within 24 hours of their ‘delivery’ on campus)
  • e-journals and e-books (made available via electronic reading lists)
  • in addition to ‘in-house’ resources students are also provided with links to digital resources which are provided by various organisations in the FE sector including the ‘College Development Network’, Education Scotland, and General Teaching Council Scotland. The wide variety of resources reflects contemporary issues and trends and enables you to interact both visually and aurally.

Our virtual learning environment is also used to support online interaction between TQFE staff and students and between the students themselves. Discussion spaces are used to support each module and these spaces provide a flexible opportunity for you to engage in ‘professional dialogue’ to clarify and deepen your understanding of key topics. The professional practice module makes extensive use of these discussion facilities and receives very positive student feedback.

Assessment

Core modules are assessed through academic assignments that require you to make links between theory/concepts and aspects of your professional practice.

Placements are assessed as part of the Link Practice module. The assessment requires you to maintain an online journal, write reports on your placement and have reports written about them by your college mentors.

Placements are arranged by the University of Stirling for students on the pre-service course, a commitment of two to three days per week is needed to satisfy the placement requirements.

Course director

Dr Kevin Brosnan

tqfe@stir.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1786 467719

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas N/A
  • Home/EU £1,820
Last updated Nov 2018

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