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.
No, our Registration and Standards Rules do not permit registration of applicants who do not hold an appropriate teaching qualification.
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.
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 two possible outcomes of the assessment of your application.
- you meet the teacher education requirements for registration in Further Education and
- we have received satisfactory referee reports on 190 days’ continuous full-time teaching service in a college setting.
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 190 days’ teaching experience in a college setting.
Once we have completed our assessment of your case, you will receive a decision by email.
If GTC Scotland has awarded you registration but not to the extent you wished (e.g. you have not been awarded full registration or you have not been awarded registration in all of the categories that you believe you are eligible to be registered in) you have the right to ask for that decision to be reviewed by a Registration Panel. You must do this within 28 days of the date that you receive your decision letter from the Registration department.
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.
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.