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Professional Registration

Professional registration allows fully registered teachers to gain registration in another subject area or sector.

A number of changes were made to our registration rules for Professional Registration as of 1 January 2016. More information regarding the changes can be found within our Useful Links section.

Professional registration is available to primary and secondary teachers. It allows teachers who hold full registration to add additional subjects/ sectors to their current registration.

In order to achieve or gain full or provisional registration in the additional subject/sector, applicants for Professional Registration need to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold full registration
  • Have met the academic and/ or professional learning requirement required for registration in the additional subject/sector in which Professional Registration in sought 
  • Have completed appropriate foreign residency (Modern Foreign Languages only). Information about the foreign residency requirement can be found in our Downloads section. We have accredited a Languages for Education Europe (LFEE) immersion course which is specifically designed to meet the three month residence requirement for a second/subsequent modern foreign language in an intensive three week block - information can be found on the LFEE website - www.lfee.net. Important - if you have not yet completed the foreign residency but have completed the CCEd at the University of Strathclyde or the Graduate Diploma in Modern Languages at the University of Dundee the LFEE programme is available and acceptable for meeting residence requirements.

Applicants for Professional Registration in a Secondary Education Subject area, who hold full registration but do not fully meet the other criteria, may still be considered for Provisional (Conditional) Registration in the subject area. Please see our Provisional (Conditional) Registration information page for further information.

Routes to Professional Registration

Information on what is required for Professional Registration can be found below:

For Primary teachers

If you are a fully registered primary teacher you can gain professional registration: 

For Secondary teachers

If you are a fully registered secondary teacher you can gain professional registration:

Your Right to Review

If we award you registration but not to the extent you wished you have the right to ask for the decision to be reviewed by a Registration Panel. Further information can be found under Right to Review for Applicants for Registration.

CONTACTS

For more information, please contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000

E: QOSProfreg@gtcs.org.uk