The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Required Registration documentation - Teachers qualified in the UK and the Rest of World

This information is for teachers qualified elsewhere in the UK (i.e. England, Wales or Northern Ireland) or outside of the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA). If you qualified in another EU/EEA Member State or in Switzerland you should go to our section for Teachers who are fully qualified in another EU/EEA Member State (not UK) or in Switzerland.

It is very important to submit all of the required documentation. Failure to do this will result in your application being delayed. It may also lead to your application being closed and destroyed. If you do not already have the required documentation to hand you will need to request this from the appropriate body/institution (e.g. teacher education institution, university, Police authority). If you are unsure about any of the required documentation or think that you will be unable to obtain this please contact us before you submit your application.

IMPORTANT - Please do not send original documents, photocopies will be sufficient.

Teachers who have qualified outside Scotland are required to provide the following when they submit their application form for registration:

1. Non-refundable processing fee of £65.

2. Degree certificate (stating full degree title, including subject, and the award date). If your degree is also your teaching qualification (e.g. B Ed) you will not need to submit additional documentation for item 5, see below. If you were awarded 'advanced standing' onto your degree you should also provide a certificate of your previous higher education award (e.g. if you entered your degree at Year 3 level, after previously completing an HND you will need to include a copy of your HND certificate).

3. Transcript of degree. This is a year-by-year academic breakdown of the subjects studied during your degree. If your degree is also your teaching qualification (e.g. B Ed) you will not need to submit additional documentation for item 6, see below. NB if your teaching qualification was awarded in the UK we can accept a Diploma Supplement or HEAR in place of a transcript. If you were awarded 'advanced standing' onto your degree you should also provide a transcript of your previous higher education (e.g. if you entered your degree at Year 3 level, after previously completing a Higher National Diploma (HND) you will also need to include a transcript of your HND).

4. Evidence of any other relevant qualifications declared on the application (including Postgraduate awards in Additional Support Needs). This evidence will normally be a certificate of award and official transcript.

5. Teaching qualification certificate (stating full title of qualification and the award date). If you are a newly qualified teacher and haven't been issued with a certificate yet please see the advice below. Please do not submit an application if you have not been awarded your teaching qualification yet, as your application will have to be returned to you. Applicants who have completed an employment based route to QTS (e.g. GTP) should provide a copy of their QTS certificate or other documentation showing their QTS reference number.

6. Transcript of teaching qualification (e.g. PGCE). This is a breakdown of the subjects/courses studied during your teacher education qualification. NB if your teaching qualification was awarded in the UK we can accept a Diploma Supplement or HEAR in place of a transcript. Applicants who have completed an employment based route to QTS (e.g. GTP) should provide a copy of their QTS certificate or other documentation showing their QTS reference number.

7. Official documentation confirming age range and subject(s) covered by initial teacher education qualification. This must be issued by the university/college where you completed your teaching qualification. If your Teaching Qualification certificate (and/or transcript) includes this information (e.g. Secondary - English) this will be acceptable. Applicants who have completed an employment based route to QTS (e.g. GTP) should provide a copy of their QTS certificate or other documentation showing their QTS reference number.

If you are applying for registration in a Modern Foreign Language, the above information will need to specify what language(s) your initial teacher education relates to. We cannot accept official documentation which only states 'Modern Foreign Languages'.

8. Evidence of appropriate foreign residency (Modern Foreign Languages teachers only). Information about this requirement can be found on the Eligibility - teachers qualified in UK or Rest of World (not EU, EEA or Switzerland) page.

9. Official certified translations of all documents (if applicable). If your documentation is in a language other than English, you must supply photocopies of this documentation in the original language and certified English translations (prepared and certified by an accredited translator). This does not apply to your passport. The Association of Translation Companies can provide information about translation companies in the UK.

10. Nomination of a referee who can comment on your most recent teaching service. For further information on the type of reference we can consider, please refer to Application for registration references.

11. Overseas criminal record checks. If you were born overseas and lived there until adulthood or have spent more than 3 months outside the UK in the last 10 years you should obtain an overseas criminal record check confirming that you do not have a criminal record in said country. We will require a national check for the specific country e.g. FBI for the USA or RCMP/CPIC for Canada. If this applies to you, you must obtain this document before you submit your application. Please allow time for this as some countries can take several months to issue a criminal record check.

Further information can be found at PVG Scheme and Overseas Checks.

12. Documentation in support of a name change.

13. Birth certificate.

14. Personal details page of passport.

Newly Qualified Teachers: if you have recently been awarded a teaching qualification but have not yet been issued with your teaching qualification certificate you should provide an official statement from your teacher education institution (e.g. University faculty of education) instead, giving the following information:

  • the date on which you passed the qualification
  • that you are not subject to any appeals process
  • that there are no known impediments to you being issued with your teaching qualification certificate at graduation

PGCE Top Up Programmes: if you are enrolled on a PGCE Top Up programme (e.g. Northampton Top Up PGCE) please provide confirmation from the university of the age range and subject(s) that your PGCE will be awarded in.

CONTACTS

If you qualified outside Scotland please read all of the information provided in this section. If you have any questions following this, please contact Registration Services on:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000

E: registration@gtcs.org.uk