Registration in an additional subject/sector

Professional Registration allows teachers who hold Full Registration in Primary or Secondary (subject) categories to add additional subjects/sectors to their registration.

Applicants need to

meet the academic and/or professional learning requirement for registration in the additional subject/sector in which registration is sought.
Modern Foreign Languages teachers must also meet the foreign residency requirement and provide satisfactory evidence of this.

Applicants for Professional Registration in a secondary education subject area, who do not meet the academic and/or foreign residency requirements, may still be considered for Provisional (Conditional) Registration in the additional subject area/sector.

Teaching experience

Teaching experience in the new category is not a criterion for registration. This is because teachers should only be employed to teach in the category in which they currently hold GTC Scotland registration. There is a probationary service requirement which is completed after registration in the new category has been awarded.

After Professional Registration has been awarded, a probationary period must be completed within 3 years. The standard probationary period applied to Professional Registration is 135 days Full Time Equivalent (FTE) during which:

  • the subject must make up a minimum of 20% of your timetable and
  • you must have a minimum of three observations.

You will complete this via the Flexible Route. Find out more about the Flexible Route.

Routes to Professional Registration

For primary teachers in a secondary education subject

If you are a fully registered primary teacher you can gain Professional Registration in a secondary education subject.

You will need to show that you have met the appropriate academic requirements and complete an agreed Professional Learning (PL) plan. You then need to be recommended for registration by a headteacher (or other GTC Scotland approved individual) based in a secondary school.

What subjects are available?

View the full list of Secondary teaching subject areas available for registration.

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

Evidence of academic study

We require evidence of any relevant academic study you have completed to be submitted with your application form. 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/EEA 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, detailed descriptors of modules completed during a degree, degree-level programme or on an individual basis (only required if the content of the module is not clear from its title).

The above information should be copies of documents issued by the awarding institution: we cannot accept any unofficial course information. We will not require a copy of your initial teacher education qualification, as this was used to award you Full Registration in your existing category.

How does the Professional Learning Plan work?

You must complete an agreed Professional Learning (PL) plan that enables you to teach the subject in which registration is being sought. This plan will develop your professional knowledge and skills of teaching in secondary.

You must organise the PL plan yourself or with your employer.

First, make contact with a headteacher of a mainstream secondary school (or other GTC Scotland approved individual) who will be willing to act as your Supporter throughout the process and recommend you for registration in your chosen Secondary Education category once they are satisfied that you have met the Standard for Provisional Registration in respect of that category.

Then meet with your Supporter to discuss your current knowledge and understanding of the teaching of your chosen secondary subject area and pedagogical practices across the secondary school. We recommend that you use the Standard for Provisional Registration as the basis for this discussion. We have put together a toolkit to help you to do this. This toolkit is currently based on the 2012 version of the Standard for Provisional Registration and will be updated soon.

As part of this discussion you should agree with your Supporter what professional learning you need to obtain the knowledge and understanding  for recommendation for provisional registration in your chosen subject (this is what we mean by ‘an agreed PL plan’). This plan may need to be agreed with your employer (particularly if you are in full-time employment in a primary school).

Once your PL plan has been agreed, you should maintain a reflective record of your planned learning and related evidence. We recommend setting up a PL record on your MyGTCS account.

After completion of the PL agreed in the plan, and once your Supporter is ready to make a recommendation for provisional registration, you can then apply for Professional Registration.

For secondary teachers as a primary teacher

You will need to complete an agreed Professional Learning (PL) plan. This will develop your professional knowledge and skills of teaching in the primary sector. You will then need to be recommended for registration by a headteacher (or other GTC Scotland approved individual) based in a primary school.

How does the Professional Learning Plan work?

You must organise the PL plan yourself or with your employer.

Then meet with your Supporter to discuss your current knowledge and understanding of teaching in mainstream primary education. We recommend that you use the Standard for Provisional Registration as the basis for this discussion. We have put together a toolkit to help you to do this. This toolkit is currently based on the 2012 version of the Standard for Provisional Registration and will be updated soon.

As part of this discussion, you should agree with your Supporter what professional learning you need to obtain the knowledge and understanding  for recommendation for provisional registration in Primary Education (this is what we mean by ‘an agreed PL plan). This plan may need to be agreed with your employer (particularly if you are in full-time employment in a secondary school).

Once your PL plan has been agreed, you should maintain a reflective record of your planned learning and related evidence. We recommend setting up a PL record on your MyGTCS account.

For secondary teachers in an additional subject

Eligibility

  • Do you hold full registration?
  • Have you met the academic requirement for registration in the additional subject as listed here: Secondary teaching? Please note that some secondary education subjects have specific academic requirements.
  • For registration in a Modern Foreign Language – have you met the foreign residency requirement?

Evidence of academic study

We require evidence of any relevant academic study you have completed to be submitted with your application form. 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/EEA 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, detailed descriptors of modules completed during a degree, degree-level programme or on an individual basis (only required if the content of the module is not clear from its title).

The above information should be copies of documents issued by the awarding institution: we cannot accept any unofficial course information. We will not require a copy of your initial teacher education qualification, as this was used to award you Full Registration in your existing category.

Important
Failure to provide evidence of relevant academic study will result in your application being delayed and/or closed.

Referees

You need to nominate two referees including a referee from your current school and – if you have already been teaching the additional subject – a referee who can comment on this service.

Referees
Failure to nominate suitable referees, or of your referees to provide reports, will result in your application being delayed and/or closed.

Probation Requirement

The standard probationary period applied to a new subject area is 135 days (FTE). This can be completed whilst you are also teaching you initial subject area, provided that it makes up at least 20% of your timetable.

If you have already been teaching in the additional subject, and this can be confirmed by satisfactory reports from your nominated referees, the standard probationary period may be reduced or waived.

You must obtain full registration within 3 years or your registration in the new subject will be removed.

Application Process

Please only submit your application once you have evidence of your relevant academic study to hand.

After receipt of your application, we can only allow a total of 56 days for you to submit any evidence of relevant academic study which is missing from your application. The same amount of time is allowed for completed reference reports to be provided by your nominated referees.

If these items are not received within 28 days you will be sent a reminder letter advising that you have a final 28 days for these to be received before your application has to be closed.

Apply for Professional Registration

Submit your completed application to profreg@gtcs.org.uk

Right of Review

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.

Read more about your Right of Review

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