Teaching in Colleges Today (SCQF level 7) CPD Award

Course code X361

What is special about this course?

This Teaching in Colleges Today (SCQF level 7) CPD Award is aimed at: newly employed lecturers; college staff who are involved in teaching and assessing college students, but do not hold a recognised teaching qualification; and final year degree and postgraduate students, who may wish to move into a career in Further Education.

By starting this course as soon as you begin your college role, you will have the opportunity to quickly develop the knowledge and skills needed to be able to effectively plan and deliver learning, teaching, and assessment for your students. This will complement any in-house induction and orientation process and give you a solid foundation with which to pursue your teaching career.

This online learning unit can be taken by anyone, however it should be noted that you can only be formally assessed and gain accreditation of learning by College Development Network (CDN) if you are a college lecturer in Scotland.

Special features

  • Enhances and establishes professional practice
  • Delivered by highly experienced lecturers with significant understanding of the demands of college teaching

Entry requirements

  • You should be employed as a college lecturer, or as college staff involved in teaching and assessing college students, but without a recognised teaching qualification
  • You must be nominated by your line manager and/or staff learning and development departments to undertake this award
  • Eligible applicants who have studied up to and including SCQF level 6 will be suited to this level 7 course
  • Eligible applicants who have studied up to and including SCQF level 7 should apply to Teaching in Colleges Today (SCQF level 8) CPD Award
  • Final year degree or postgraduate students looking to move into a career in Further Education will not be able to complete the summative assessments and gain a CDN certificate, but you may still be accepted onto the course in order to work through the online learning materials, developing skills and understanding of these important topics. In these instances, you will receive a certificate of success from your chosen campus

CPD Award

You will study the following subjects: 

  • Introduction to teaching in colleges today
  • Learner requirements and learner needs
  • Lesson planning and preparation for learning
  • Learning and teaching activities and resources
  • Learning environments and digital technologies
  • Assessment planning and assessment for learning
  • The power of feedback
  • Assessment methods and assessment of learning
  • Evaluating your practice
  • Professional development
  • College context
  • Sector influences and initiatives

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), College Development Network platform and classroom practice observations with support from your mentor

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 60 hours (roughly 12 weeks @ approximately 5 hours per week)

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides

Start date

  • September
  • January


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress to CPD Award Teaching in Colleges Today (SCQF level 8).

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Apply for Teaching in Colleges Today (SCQF level 7) CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

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