The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Eligibility – Teachers Qualified in UK or Rest of World (not EU/EEA or Switzerland)

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 visit:

Eligibility – teachers who are fully qualified in an EU/EEA Member State (not UK) or in Switzerland

For primary and secondary teachers

Teaching qualifications required

An applicant must have either:

  • Completed teacher education equivalent to one academic year of full-time study with any part-time study normally being extended over a period of not more than three years) or
  • If academic and teacher education has been undertaken concurrently (eg, a Bachelor of Education), have completed a course of not less than three years in duration (with any part-time study normally being extended over a period of not more than seven years)

This qualification should extend to SCQF Level 9 or above and should be comparable in terms of organisation and content to the Scottish initial teaching qualification, which means it should:

  • relate to either the primary or secondary age range;
  • include professional/pedagogic studies
  • include appropriate subject studies (for Primary Education these need to reflect the full range of the Scottish primary school curriculum)
  • include school-based teaching experience

You can view our Primary Teaching and Secondary Teaching sections for further details.

Academic qualifications required

An applicant must hold:

  • A United Kingdom degree or an academic qualification which is equivalent to a United Kingdom degree. An academic qualification will be regarded as equivalent to a United Kingdom degree if it either:
    1. Is recognised as such by the UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC); or
    2. Has borne the equivalent of 120 credit points at Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 7 (or above), 120 credit points at SCQF level 8 (or above) and 120 credit points a SCQF level 9 (or above)

For registration in Secondary Education, an applicant must have a minimum of 80 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7 (or above) relating to the subject in which their teacher education is held, 40 of which must be at SCQF level 8 (or above). Information about the SCQF can be found on the SCQF website at:

www.scqf.org.uk

Some secondary education subjects have specific academic requirements - a list of these can be found under Secondary Teaching, which can be found in the Useful Links section.

Important - applicants who do not meet all of the relevant teaching qualification and/or academic requirements may still be able to considered for Provisional (Conditional) registration. See here for further information on Provisional (Conditional) registration.

Modern Foreign Languages Teachers

Teachers of Modern Foreign Languages in Scotland are required to meet a foreign residency requirement. Information about the foreign residency requirement can be found in the Downloads section.

Important - applicants who do not meet all of the relevant requirements may still be able to be considered for Provisional (Conditional) registration. See here for further information on Provisional (Conditional) registration.

For Further Education lecturers

Academic qualifications required

There are no academic requirements for registration in Further Education.

Teaching qualifications required

Applicants must have completed degree level teacher education in Further Education which is comparable to the Scottish Teaching Qualification (Further Education). This means that it must have extended to at least SCQF level 9 and included the following elements:

  • professional/pedagogic studies
  • appropriate teaching experience

The age range of Further Education in Scotland is 16 years to adult.

More information about further education teaching qualifications and registration can be viewed in our Further Education section.

ASN (Additional Support Needs) Registration

Applicants who have completed an award in Additional Support Needs education, as well as teacher education relating to mainstream primary or secondary education which meets our eligibility requirements for registration, may also be considered for registration in ASN. These applicants should include copies of their award certificate(s) and transcript(s) for their ASN qualifications when they apply to register. Information about the specific requirements for ASN registration can be found using our Useful Links section below. Please note, applicants who do not meet our eligibility requirements for mainstream registration cannot be considered for registration in ASN.

contacts

If you qualified outside Scotland and wish to discuss any part of the application process, you should contact Registration Services on:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000

E: registration@gtcs.org.uk