Teaching Qualification Further Education (SCQF level 9) CPD Award

What is special about this course?

If you are a lecturer with practice experience, hold professional awards in your subject and are looking to gain a teaching qualification for further education, this course is ideal for you.

This CPD Award Teaching Qualification Further Education (SCQF level 9) is a one-year, part-time online programme to develop effective teaching by lecturers in colleges and tertiary establishments.

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

  • This 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 a reflective enquiry in your workplace.
  • Successful completion of the course willl 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 they 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 also hold an HNC or HND in your subject area.
  • Where the highest qualification available in your subject area is an HNC, you must hold an HNC and have completed one of the following awards:
    • GC87 49 PDA Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges (SCQF Level 9 16 points)
    • GR5K 49 Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges
    • GG82 49 PDA Developing Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges (SCQF level 9 40 points)
  • Consideration will be given to applicants holding an HNC and passes in other relevant PDAs.

CPD Award

You will study the following core modules:

  • Curriculum and pedagogy (tertiary) SCQF level 9
  • Professional practice (tertiary) SCQF level 9
  • Professionalism (tertiary) SCQF level 9

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)
  • 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 College 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


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be elgible to register as a Lecturer with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from CPD Award Teaching Qualificatioin Further Education (SCQF level 9) to complete a BA in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business.

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