Qualified Outside Scotland – Teacher

We welcome and support applications from teachers who qualified outside Scotland.

We award GTC Scotland registration, which is a legal requirement to teach in Scotland.

QTS
We do not award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or provide an assessment for QTS, which is required to teach in England and Wales

If you do not meet all of the requirements set out below, you could be considered for Provisional (Conditional) Registration. Read more about Provisional (Conditional) Registration.

Teacher education

If you have not completed your teacher education please do not apply. You should wait until you have successfully completed the full teacher education programme and your awarding higher education institution is able to provide you with written confirmation. If you apply before this we will not be able to assess your application and we will not be able to refund your processing fee.

Checklist

Please click on each item on the checklist below to view specific details of the information required.

Teaching employment details

We may be able to waive or reduce the probationary service requirement if you can provide satisfactory references on your employment as a teacher and in your teaching qualification age range and subject area.

We will ask you to confirm (including Additional Support Needs teaching posts):

  • school name(s)
  • dates of employment
  • hours worked per week
  • subject(s) and age range taught

Please do not list: voluntary service, teaching assistant/language assistant posts, nursery/early years practitioner posts, private tutoring, after school classes/clubs, service given as part of your student teaching practice, service given before you qualified as a teacher as this cannot be considered towards the Teacher Service requirement.

We consider supply-based teaching service towards the Teaching Service Requirement, however, please do not list details of employment/recruitment agencies. Instead, please provide details of schools where you taught on a supply basis.

If we do not receive references for your teaching service in your teaching qualification age range and subject area we will only be able to consider you for Provisional Registration. You will have a probationary period to complete.

Referees’ details (not required for applicants that successfully passed an induction period)

Before you start your application, please source contact details of referees who are happy to support your application for registration with GTC Scotland.

We may be able to waive or reduce the probationary service requirement (190 days’ continuous full-time teaching or 270 days’ full-time equivalent teaching) if we can obtain satisfactory references on your employment as a teacher in your teaching qualification age range and subject area. Full Registration will only be possible if a reference on your current (or most recent) teaching service is obtained.

Information Required

We will ask you for:

  • their full name,
  • position held (it has to be a senior member of staff: i.e. Headteacher (Principal), Acting/ Deputy Head (Principal) or Head of Department) at the school where you taught,
  • their work email address.

How we contact your referees

We will contact your referees directly via email, once your application has been received. They will be asked to complete a reference form commenting on your teaching ability and return it to us.

All reports must be given in English so that they can be read and understood by your case assessor. You may want to contact your referee to check whether there is an English-speaking member of staff currently employed at the school who would be able to assist with completing the report in English.

If your referee is not the Headteacher of the school they will need to ask the Headteacher to countersign the reference form.

FAQs

My referee is no longer employed at the school where I taught. What do I do?

We are able to accept reference reports completed by a senior member of staff who is no longer employed at the school where you taught.

In this case the school (or the Local Education Authority) has to confirm in writing that your nominated referee was a senior member of staff at the school when you were employed there.

You will be required to submit this statement with your application for registration. If your referee was not the headteacher of the school, they will need to ask the headteacher to countersign the reference form.

I work on a supply basis. Can I nominate my employment/recruitment agency as my referee?

Please do not nominate employment agency consultants as your referees; they will only give the dates you were employed in a school and will be unable to comment on your professional ability as a teacher.

Your original teacher qualification certificate
  • We require a copy of your original qualification certificate issued by the University/College or alternative proof as outlined below. This is a mandatory document and you will be unable to submit the application unless uploaded.

Details you will be asked to enter in the application form:

  • the title of your teacher qualification
  • name of awarding education institution
  • country where you qualified
  • date of the award
  • age range of pupils, and subject(s) your teacher qualification relates to

We will not be assessing your licensure/certification entitlements.

If you are yet to be issued with your award certificate

If you have recently completed your teacher qualification, you should provide an official statement from the awarding education institution where you qualified, giving the following information:

  • the title of the qualification
  • the date on which you passed the qualification
  • that you are not subject to any appeals process
  • that there are no known impediments to you being issued with your teaching qualification certificate at graduation

If you have lost/no longer have a copy of the document

You will need to provide an official statement from the awarding education institution, confirming the title of your teacher qualification and the date of the award.

Birth Certificate or Driving License/Utility bill

Please provide a scanned copy of your birth certificate. If you do not have this document please include either your Driving Licence or utility bill that confirms your postal address.

This is a mandatory document and you will be unable to submit the application unless uploaded.

Personal details page of your passport

The image below shows an example of the passport page required. This page should show your photograph and details.

This is a mandatory document and you will be unable to submit the application unless uploaded.

Official documentation confirming the age range and subject(s) your teacher qualification relates to

As part of the assessment process, we will check whether your teacher qualification is comparable to the Scottish pattern of initial teacher education. We will not be assessing your licensure/certification entitlements.

We need the following information to be confirmed by the awarding education institution:

  • the age range your teacher qualification relates to
  • what curriculum subject area(s) were covered by your subject studies (i.e. the studies within your teacher qualification that related to the teaching and learning of either the primary curriculum or one or more secondary curriculum subject areas)
  • that teaching practice observed and assessed by the awarding higher education institution was included
  • what curriculum subject area(s) you completed as part of your student teaching practice

If the above is not clear from your teacher qualification transcript, you will also need to provide an official statement from the education institution where you qualified, clearly confirming the above information.

You need to upload this document during the application process.

Undergraduate degree certificate (or equivalent qualification)

If you qualified via a postgraduate programme (e.g. Post Graduate Certificate in Education), you will be required to provide a copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.

It should confirm the name of the awarding education institution, the title of the qualification and the date of the award.

You will need to upload this document during the application process.

If you were awarded ‘advanced standing’ onto your degree you should also provide a certificate of your previous higher education award (e.g. if you entered your degree at Year 3 level, after previously completing an HND, you will need to include a copy of your HND Certificate and transcript).

You will be required to upload this document at the end of the application process.

If you no longer have a copy

If you no longer have a copy of this document (e.g. lost or stolen) you will need to provide an official letter or email from the awarding body, confirming the title of your undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) and the date of the award.

You will also need to upload this document during the application process.

What do we mean by an ‘equivalent qualification’

As part of the assessment process, we will contact the UK National Academic Information Centre (UK ENIIC) to obtain confirmation of the academic standing of qualification(s) that you hold.

An academic qualification will be regarded as equivalent to a United Kingdom degree if it is either:

  • recognised as such by the UK ENIC
  • has been undertaken at an institution that is recognised by the UK ENIC and has borne the equivalent of 120 credit points at Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 7 (or above), 120 credit points at SCQF level 8 (or above) and 120 credit points a SCQF level 9 (or above)
An official transcript of your undergraduate degree certificate or equivalent

This is a year-by-year breakdown of the subjects studied during your degree. 

The transcript may be referred to as a diploma supplement, a statement of learning, a record of achievement, or similar depending on the education institution you studied at.

It should:

  • Include the credit weighting and level of each module
  • Be stamped and signed by the registry of the awarding body
  • Be on the awarding body’s letterheaded paper
  • If your study pre-dates credit weightings:
    • Clearly state all the modules studied
    • State whether or not you have successfully passed each module.

If the awarding education institution is unable to provide you with a copy of this document, you should ask them to issue you with an official statement confirming the reason (e.g. they no longer hold any records for you).

If you were awarded ‘advanced standing’ onto your degree you should also provide a transcript of your previous higher education award (e.g. if you entered your degree at Year 3 level, after previously completing an HND, you will need to include a copy of your HND transcript).

You need to upload this document during the application process.

Documentation in support of name change (if applicable)

This can either be a Marriage Certificate or Deed Poll document.

Criminal Record check(s) (if applicable)

We require a criminal record check from applicants who have spent 3 months or more (in a single period) in a non-UK country in the last 10 years and applicants who were born and have lived overseas until adulthood. Find out more

Criminal Record Check
If you do not submit a Criminal Record Check, your application will be put on hold and will not be assessed until the Criminal Record Check is received.
PVG Scheme Certificate (if applicable)

All applicants are required to be a member of Disclosure Scotland’s Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. Find out more.

Official certified translations of all documents not in English

We require all documents that are not in English to be officially translated. We would recommend that you visit Association of Translation Companies where you can find your nearest translation company.

Documents
Preferred document formats are PDF and Microsoft Word.

Before you start

  • This application has a total of 9 pages, all pages are to be completed.
  • You will be unable to submit your application unless you have uploaded the required documentation listed above.
  • You will be unable to save and print a hard copy to send to GTC Scotland.
  • Once you begin the application, you will have 30 days in which to complete the form.
  • When you start your application you will register for an account. THis will allow you to begin an application. If you do not begin an application within 30 days your account will be closed.
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