Pre-application FAQS for college lecturers qualified outside scotland


No, we are unable to confirm whether you are eligible for registration until you submit a formal application for registration with all the required documentation.

This is because each case is different and a number of factors are taken into consideration.

The information below outlines the number of successful and unsuccessful applications for registration with GTC Scotland between 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022.

Applicants for registration through the Qualified Outside Scotland process = 1364

  • Applicants awarded Full Registration = 724
  • Applicants awarded Provisional (Conditional) Registration = 317
  • Unsuccessful applicants * = 323

Total number of applicants who became registered with GTC Scotland = 1041

*(registration with GTC Scotland was not awarded) This group includes applicants who were not awarded registration due to not meeting the registration requirements or not providing the documents required in order to make an assessment decision or conclude the application. It also includes applicants who were awarded registration but did not pay the annual registration fee to come onto the register.

No, our Registration and Standards Rules do not permit registration of applicants who do not hold an appropriate teaching qualification.

Registration and Standards Rules

If you are currently working at a Scottish College and do not have a formal teacher education qualification please go to the section on Provisional (Conditional) Registration – College Lecturers.

No. You will have to complete your teacher education qualification and 190 days’ teaching experience in a college setting before you can apply for registration.

Holding QTLS will not make you eligible to teach in Scottish schools.

The listed qualifications were accepted as meeting requirements for Provisional, Provisional (Conditional) and Full Registration with GTC Scotland. The qualifications listed are those that have been submitted for assessment from October 2022 onwards.

This list will be expanded over time when other qualifications are assessed as meeting the requirements for registration.

Please note that having one of these qualifications does not guarantee successful registration with us. You must also meet all the requirements for registration as laid out in the pre-application checklist.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, Sheffield Hallam University, 2004.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Further), Canterbury Christ Church University, 2020.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education 14+, University of Bolton, 2022.
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training), Edge Hill University,2015.
  • PGCE Post Compulsory Education, Nottingham Trent University, 2008.
  • PGCE – Further, Higher and Adult Education, University of Bolton,2006.


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Training, Vocational Training Development Institute, 2011.


  • Master of Advanced Studies in Secondary and Higher Education, Padagogische Hochschule Thurgau, 2015.

Assessment process/decision outcomes

We cannot guarantee a timeframe as all applications are assessed on an individual basis.

Delays are often experienced because referees do not submit a report. We advise you to contact your nominated referee(s) to ensure they are willing to support your application. The reference form will be sent to your nominated referee(s) via email, therefore, it is crucial that you provide their correct work email address.

There are three possible outcomes of the assessment of your application:

  • Full Registration: you meet the teacher education requirements for registration in Further Education and have completed 120 hours or more teaching in a college setting.
  • Provisional (Conditional) Registration: You do not fully meet the teacher education requirements for registration in Further Education, but we believe that the shortfalls can be made good by completion of a specified condition.
  • Refusal of Registration: If your application for registration is refused this means that you have not met the teacher education requirements and / or we have not been able to confirm that you have completed 120 hours or more teaching in a college setting.

Once we have completed our assessment of your case, you will receive a decision by email.

Employment (salary, contracts and finding a job)

GTC Scotland has no remit over pay scales and terms and conditions.

Any decision on salary will be made by your employer.

You should discuss options directly with your employer.

You should contact employers directly to check whether they would be willing to accept an application from you before you are registered with GTC Scotland.

The total cost of registering with GTC Scotland is currently £309. This breaks down as:

Not a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Group Scheme

  • Application Assessment Fee = £185 (non-refundable)
  • To join PVG Scheme = £59
  • Annual Registration Fee = £65

Total = £309

Existing member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme

  • Application Assessment Fee = £185 (non-refundable)
  • Existing PVG Scheme member application* = £18
  • Annual Registration Fee = £65

Total = £268

*(If there is new information on your PVG scheme record, you will be required to complete a further full scheme record check for an additional £41 payable by you to Disclosure Scotland.)

Find out more about the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

Documents required for application

Yes. You must submit scanned copies of this documentation in the original language and certified English translations. This does not apply to your passport.

You will not be able to complete your online submission unless the mandatory documentation is uploaded at time of applying.

Yes. Your case assessor will contact you if any other documentation is required to reach a decision.

It is important that you provide any additional documentation within the timescale given by your assessor.