The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Becoming a Teacher

Teaching can be a rewarding and challenging career. From teaching a group of primary 5's in a small rural school to coming face to face with a class of secondary pupils in a large urban secondary school, it certainly won't be the humdrum of the 9 - 5.

Whatever route you chose to go down, whether it be primary or secondary, you ultimately need to be registered with GTC Scotland. To gain registration you need to hold an appropriate qualification.

If you hold a first/undergraduate degree (a bachelor's degree) then, depending on the sector/ subject you wish to teach, the minimum qualification you may need is a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or equivalent.

If you don't hold a first degree then you'll need to gain a degree-level qualification which allows entry to the relevant Primary or Secondary PGDE programme or complete a degree which also incorporates a teaching qualification.