The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Becoming a Teacher

Teaching is a highly rewarding, challenging career that gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with children and young people in a wide variety of settings.

Whatever route you chose to go down, whether it be primary or secondary, you 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.