GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Registration

Why do college lecturers need to register with GTC Scotland?

In March 2018 Colleges Scotland Employers Association and the EIS - Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) agreed that mandatory registration was part of the outcome of national bargaining (NJNC Circular 03/18). Registration with GTC Scotland now forms part of the agreed national terms and conditions of employment for all college lecturers under the new harmonisation arrangements.

In December 2018, a College Lecturer Registration Roundtable, attended by GTC Scotland, EIS-FELA, Colleges Scotland and the Scottish Government, committed to working together to register college lecturers with GTC Scotland.

Registration pilot

A registration pilot is taking place from November 2020 – March 2021 with three colleges: Dundee and Angus College, Forth Valley College, and Glasgow Kelvin College.

During the pilot, eligible college lecturers at these colleges will be professionally registered with GTC Scotland. Eligible lecturers from the remaining colleges will be phased into registration from April 2021.

GTC Scotland is working with partners to develop pathways to registration for lecturers who are currently ineligible to register. See more details on who is eligible in the section below.

Who is eligible to register?

At present, to apply for full registration as a college lecturer you require:

  • a Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) from a Scottish University (offered at Aberdeen, Dundee and Stirling Universities), an equivalent (currently those with a recognised Primary or Secondary teaching qualification with experience in Further Education) or an equivalent qualification from outside of Scotland.
  • 190 days teaching experience in a college setting with adult learners.
  • The provision of a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme Membership record. Applicants will complete an Existing PVG Scheme Member Application Form as part of the registration process.
  • A satisfactory reference from your current college employer.

We understand that each registration application is unique and that college lecturers have a wide range of skills and experience often crossing sectors including universities, schools, industry, specialisms and a broad range of commercial experience.

GTC Scotland’s registration team are experienced in supporting college lecturer applications including advising on complex case assessment where qualifications are gained outside Scotland.

Work is currently being undertaken, in collaboration with the Scottish Government, to establish potential pathways to registration beyond the above criteria. GTC Scotland will continue to communicate with lecturers to provide updates on the progress of this work which may include teaching qualifications which are deemed equivalent to TQFE for the future.

What are the benefits of registration?

There are many benefits to registration including:

  • Professional registration with the recognised professional body that will represent and advocate for college lecturers in Scotland.
  • An entitlement to a high-quality, lecturer-led model of professional learning through Professional Update.
  • Enhanced lecturer professionalism through career-long professional learning and critical reflection on practice.
  • Access to an online reflective professional learning record (MyPL) for each lecturer to log, critically reflect upon and plan their professional learning activities.
  • Support and enhancement for effective Professional Review and Development (PRD) processes.
  • Support the enhanced professional capacity of lecturers to continually achieve excellence across the college sector.
  • Access to the Education Source (EBSCO), a resource of more than 1,900 academic journals, eBooks, articles and video resources to support professional and academic reading and enquiry.
  • Ability to apply for a Professional Recognition award.
  • A regular College e-zine called Inspiring Lecturers which contains opinion pieces about key topics alongside regular features on learning, practice and professional resources.
  • Access to the MyBenefits App offering discounts on a range of services and products.

How to apply

College Lecturers do not need to take any action at the moment.

Lecturers at Pilot Colleges

As part of the pilot, participating employers are providing all the necessary information to GTC Scotland. Once this is received and processed, individual lecturers will receive an email invitation to begin the process of applying for registration. Please complete your application within 28 days of receiving the GTC Scotland email.

Lecturers at colleges that are not participating in the pilot

College lecturers who do not work in a pilot college can still apply by downloading an application form

Help with registration

If you have a query regarding registration we recommend speaking to the Human Resources team within your college who are working closely with GTC Scotland throughout the registration process.

If you have a query regarding registration, please speak to HR or your EIS-FELA Branch Secretary in the first instance.

How much will registration cost?

The GTC Scotland annual registration fee is currently £65. This is a standard fee for all registrants. We do not offer variable fees.

All applicants for GTC Scotland registration are required to be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

When you apply for registration, GTC Scotland sends you either:

  • An Application to Join PVG Scheme form
  • (if you are already a member of the PVG Scheme) an Existing PVG (EPVG) Scheme Member Application form.

What are the Costs?

  • PVG: £59
  • EPVG: £18

This is payable by applicants. These fees are set by Disclosure Scotland and collected by GTC Scotland as part of your online application.

Lecturers at Pilot Colleges

Between November2020 and March 2021, GTCS is working with a small number of pilot colleges to test and support the learning and development phase of the college registration programme. To recognise the high level of involvement required as part of the pilot programme only the £18 ePVG update fee will be required (or £59 if a full disclosure check is required).

Lecturers outwith Pilot Colleges

The current registration fee of £65 will be required for all those lecturers who wish to register voluntarily and who fully meet current registration criteria.

From April 2022??? all those who apply for registration and fully meet the existing GTCS criteria will be required to pay the current £65 registration fee.

Registration FAQs

The aspiration is that as many lecturers as possible gain a TQFE or equivalent. Members of the Working Group are exploring a range of new pathways that will support college lecturers to obtain the necessary qualifications required for registration.

Further information about these options will be publicly announced and added to this FAQ as they are further developed.

Whilst many lecturers hold degree and higher level qualifications, at present there is no requirement for lecturers to hold a degree to complete TQFE or to be registered. GTCS recognises the depth and breadth of vocational qualifications and industrial experience in the College sector and is working with partners (including Colleges Scotland and EIS FELA) to expand registration opportunities to ensure that lecturers can be registered in a category type appropriate to their background and qualifications.

You can apply to re-register with GTC Scotland here.

In March 2018 Colleges Scotland Employers Association and the EIS - Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) agreed that mandatory registration was part of the outcome of national bargaining (NJNC Circular 03/18) and registration with GTCS now forms part of the agreed national terms and conditions of employment for all college lecturers under the new harmonisation arrangements. This agreement covers all lecturers employed by one of Scotland’s colleges, irrespective of the SCQF level of curriculum being taught.

The majority of lecturers employed in Scotland’s colleges have achieved a TQFE or equivalent (currently those with a recognised Primary or Secondary teaching qualification with experience in Further Education ) with many teaching at both Further and Higher Education SCQF levels, these lecturers will be able to register in 2020-21.

The working group are aware that some college lecturers, who teach in the majority at Higher Education levels, may have different teaching qualifications or professional recognition. The working group is currently establishing potential new criteria for those without a TQFE or equivalent (currently those with a recognised Primary or Secondary teaching qualification with experience in Further Education). Our aspiration is to be in a position to support the registration of lecturers within this group from April 2022 and our work on the pilot is an important route to inform and support this..

GTC Scotland recognises that some college lecturers may already be registered with another professional regulatory body. GTC Scotland registers individuals who are also registered with other professional bodies. Individuals should discuss with other regulators to clarify their position.

The College Registration Working Group has determined that a system of phased registration should be adopted over a number of years, commencing with a pilot phase between November 2020 to March 2021 for those lecturers who have already achieved a TQFE or equivalent (currently those with a recognised Primary or Secondary teaching qualification with experience in Further Education), have 190 days teaching service, an ePVG and an approved employer’s reference. Registration is also open on a voluntary basis with those lecturers in non-pilot colleges who currently have TQFE (as is currently the case).

The Working Group recognises the wide range of backgrounds that lecturers will bring to registration and are currently establishing criteria for registration and the timescale over which registration will take place for those without a TQFE. The Working Group is well aware of the need to have registration arrangements in place that address the bespoke nature of the college sector and the widely varying backgrounds lecturers bring to their role. The working group is currently establishing potential new criteria for those without a TQFE or equivalent (currently those with a recognised Primary or Secondary teaching qualification with experience in Further Education). The Working Group’s aspiration is to be in a position to support the registration of lecturers within this group from April 2022 and our work on the pilot is an important route to inform and support this.

Inspiring Lecturers

Read our ezine, Inspiring Lecturers, to stay up-to-date with the work that is going on to bring professional registration to college lecturers.