Teaching Qualification Further Education PgCert

UCAS code X302

What is special about this course?

This PgCert Teaching Qualification Further Education is a one-year, part-time online programme to develop effective teaching by lecturers in colleges and tertiary establishments. It is ideally suited to lecturers who have degree-level qualifications in their subject and are looking to engage with teaching and learning at masters level.

It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to support your registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland as a lecturer. The programme uses a collaborative approach to online learning, with activities designed to help you develop professional knowledge and understanding, engage in professional dialogue, and develop critical enquiry to inform practice.

You will develop your skills in reflective practice, and engage with educational theory, research, policy and complex professional issues in this sector of education. This programme will support you to develop your teaching practice, with positive outcomes for you and your learners.

This course is subject to a Scottish Government consultation.

Special features

  • The programme is fully online, allowing you to fit your studies around your professional and personal commitments
  • You will have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the sector, from different colleges and subject areas
  • You will carry out reflective enquiry in your workplace
  • Successful completion of the course will give you a teaching qualification to support your registration as a  lecturer with the General Teaching Council for Scotland

Entry requirements

**This course is currently only open to internal applicants. External applications will open in September 2021, to start in September 2022.**

  • All applicants must be employed in a tertiary institution and hold a minimum teaching contract of 120 hours during the time you complete the programme. Your application must be supported by your employing institution as, under the National Bargaining Agreement NJNC 03/18, lecturers taking a TQFE programme must be allocated 150 hours of study time across the two semesters involved. You must agree this with your employer prior to commencing the programme
  • You must meet the nomination conditions above and hold a degree in your subject area
  • An honours degree is preferred. Applications will be considered from those holding an ordinary degree with relevant practice experience


You will study the following core modules:

  • Curriculum and pedagogy (tertiary)
  • Professional practice (tertiary)
  • Professionalism (tertiary)

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). Activities and reading are supported with online seminars enabling discussion with tutors and peers.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland UHI
  • West Highland College UHI
  • This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in Scotland. You will be enrolled and supported by staff across the university.

**This course is currently only open to internal applicants. External applications will open in September 2021, to start in September 2022.**

Start date

  • September


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact funding.whc@uhi.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from the PgCert Teaching Qualification Further Education into masters level study in:

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