The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Qualified Outside Scotland

We welcome and support applications from teachers who qualified outside Scotland.

If you would like to register with us and teach in Scotland, please choose the option that applies to you:

Qualified in United Kingdom (UK)


This option applies to you if you are qualified as a teacher:

  • elsewhere in the UK via route other than PGCE (Postgraduate/Professional Certificate of Education)/BEd (Bachelor of Education) and/or
  • elsewhere in the UK and you are not registered with the appropriate body in that home nation (NCTL, EWC or GTCNI).

Please click on the red box below to find out more about our eligibility criteria, fees involved, assessment process, references, service in lieu of probation and documents required.

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Qualified in United Kingdom (UK) and registered with another teacher body - Automatic Recognition


This option applies to you if :

  • you have been registered with the Teaching Regulation Agency in England (previously known as the National College for Teaching and Leadership and as the General Teaching Council for England); the Education Workforce Council in Wales (EWC); or the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) and
  • you are qualified as a teacher with an Initial Teacher Education degree (e.g. Bachelor of Education (BEd) or Postgraduate/Professional Certificate of Education (PGCE) leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (or equivalent status)) in the UK.

Please click on the red box below to find out more about our eligibility criteria, fees involved, assessment process, references, service in lieu of probation and documents required.

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Qualified in European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland


This option applies to you if :

  • you are from a European Union/ European Economic Area (EU/EEA) Member State or Switzerland and
  • you qualified as a teacher in another EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland

* If you hold Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) and qualified as a teacher in the EU/EEA, you need to select this option.

Please click on the red box below to find out more about our eligibility criteria, fees involved, assessment process, references, service in lieu of probation and documents required.

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Qualified in the rest of the world (ROW)


This option applies to you if you are qualified as a teacher:

  • in a nation outside the UK, European Union/ European Economic Area (EU/EEA) or Switzerland.

Please click on the red box below to find out more about our eligibility criteria, fees involved, assessment process, references, service in lieu of probation and documents required.

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For teachers not currently registered with GTC Scotland

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

We welcome applications from teachers qualified in the UK or in the rest of the world. If you want to find out about the Assessment Process.

Before you start

Have you been qualified via a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in the UK and have been registered with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Education Workforce Council (EWC) or General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI)?

No - Find out more about applying for UK/ROW

Yes - Find out more about applying for Automatic Recognition

For teachers not registered with GTC Scotland

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

We welcome applications from teachers who are fully qualified teachers in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland. If you want to find out about the Assessment Process.

Find out more about applying for EU/EEA or Switzerland