How to register in an additional secondary education subject

If you hold full registration in a secondary education registration category, you can gain Professional Registration in an additional subject.


You will need to:

  • hold Full Registration with GTC Scotland.
  • meet the academic requirement for registration in the additional subject as listed here Secondary teaching. Please note some secondary education subjects have specific academic requirements.
  • meet the foreign residency requirement for registration (only if applying to add registration in a Modern Foreign Language).

What subjects are available?

View the full list of Secondary teaching subject areas in which registration is available.

Application process

Step one – Check you have met the academic requirements

The academic requirements for registration in Secondary Education appear below:

  • 80 Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) credit points in the Secondary teaching subject – some subjects have specific requirements
  • at least 40 credit points must be SCQF level 7
  • at least 40 credit points must be SCQF level 8

If you have completed at least 40 credit points at SCQF level 7 or above you can still apply and will be considered for Provisional (Conditional) Registration. If successful, you will have three years in which to complete the remaining credit points required.

Evidence of academic study

When you apply, you will need to submit evidence of any relevant academic study you have completed.

You do not need to submit evidence of academic study which was not relevant to the additional subject.

This evidence may include:

  • Degree certificate if your degree was in the additional subject and this is clearly indicated by the degree title (only applies if the subject does not have specific entry requirements).
  • Academic transcript(s) showing a breakdown of all the modules you studied within your degree (or any other degree-level programmes you may have completed). If your degree was awarded in the UK/European Economic Area, we can accept a Diploma Supplement or HEAR document in place of a transcript.
  • Official pass sheets giving details of individual modules completed outside of a degree or degree-level programme, e.g., Open University modules.
  • Module descriptors if the content of the module is not clear from its title.

We can only accept official documentation as evidence of academic study.

We do not require a copy of your initial teacher education qualification.

Step two – Submit an application for registration in the additional area of the register

You will need to submit evidence of your relevant academic study as well as the Recommendation for Provisional Registration form completed by the headteacher or senior leader who is acting as your supporter.

Completed applications should be submitted to with the subject line “Professional (Additional) Registration Application”.

Application for Professional Registration

Recommendation for Provisional Registration

Step 3 – Assessment by GTC Scotland for Provisional Registration in the additional area of the register

Your application will be assessed by a Registration Case Officer and you will be issued with the decision on your application. If you are successful, Provisional Registration in your new registration area will be added to your registration with GTC Scotland.

You will need to meet the requirements for Full Registration before completing the document-based Flexible Route profile. To complete this profile, you must obtain a declaration from a headteacher or senior leader who currently holds Full (General) Registration with GTC Scotland that you have met the Standard for Full Registration in respect of your additional area of registration. Full information about this is provided in the Probationer Teachers section of the website.

Flexible Route Profile for Professional (Additional) Registration

If you are awarded Provisional (Conditional) Registration you will not gain Full Registration until you have also met the academic condition on your registration.

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