Teaching Qualification (Further Education) - TQ(FE)
present three higher education institutions are approved to deliver the full TQ(FE)
- namely, the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Stirling.
custom and practice, most lecturers in Scotland's Colleges undertake the TQ(FE)
post-employment, sometimes following achievement of an Initial Teacher Training
PDA delivered by an approved college (see Index
of Units page).
is a condition of approval that providers of TQ(FE) shall give credit transfer
to all candidates who have gained the 'Advanced Diploma: Teaching in Further Education'.
The amount and nature of the credit will vary depending on the university.
of its small size, there is no similar condition of approval on TQ(FE) providers
to offer any credit transfer directly from the 'Advanced Diploma: Teaching in
Further Education: An Introduction' to their TQ(FE) programmes. This mirrors the
official arrangements already established regarding credit transfer from the Certificate
ITFE and Advanced Certificate TFE.
to the relevant sections of the three universities' websites are provided below,
along with their respective 2008 programme content and credit transfer statements:
Degree Route and Masters Route
& Postgraduate Programme
and Pre-service Strand
current entry requirements for TQ(FE), adhered to by the three universities, are
available here via the following links: MS
Word version and .PDF
requirements are also reproduced in the 2006 publication 'Professional Standards
for Lecturers in Scotland's Colleges'. This publication additionally provides
information to potential providers of TQ(FE) on what a TQ(FE) programme should
contain and how such a programme should be administered.
the Entry Requirements for TQ (FE) - Supplementary Guidance for Colleges
Development Forum (PDF) discussed the fact that a minority of college lecturers
would not automatically fulfil the entry requirements in respect of Core Skills
in particular. This guidance (Word,
some practical suggestions to colleges on the methods that they could use for
assessing candidates to the level required in each of the three stated areas of
Equivalent to TQ(FE)
the purpose of statistical returns only (eg the annual SFC staffing return), certain
other teaching qualifications may be regarded by colleges as equivalent to a TQ(FE).
The attached guidance
note, (330Kb) which was issued to Scotland's colleges in November 2006, provides
to Deliver TQ(FE) Programmes
programmes are approved by the Scottish Government, acting on behalf of Scottish
Ministers, in consultation with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.