GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Registration in an additional subject/sector

Professional Registration

Professional Registration allows teachers who hold full registration to add additional subjects/ sectors to their current registration. Professional Registration is available for both primary and secondary teachers.

Applicants for Professional Registration need to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold full registration in their existing category   
  • Meet the academic and/ or professional learning requirement for registration in the additional subject/ sector in which Professional Registration is sought 
  • (Modern Foreign Languages only) Meet the foreign residency requirement. We have accredited a Languages for Education Europe (LFEE) immersion course. Information can be found on the LFEE website - Please note the course is fully booked for Summer 2021 and the LFEE are not yet able to confirm whether it will run in Summer 2022, and thereafter, as this is subject to the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Information about other types of residence that can be accepted is provided under ‘Downloads’ on this page. You should contact us if you have any queries regarding the foreign residency requirement.

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.

Provisional (Conditional) Registration

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

Routes to Professional Registration

For primary teachers

If you are a fully registered primary teacher you can gain Professional Registration: 

For secondary teachers

If you are a fully registered secondary teacher you can gain Professional Registration:

Additional Support Needs Registration

If you are interested in registering in Additional Support Needs see Additional Support Needs Registration.

How to apply

This can be submitted to us via email - or by post:

The General Teaching Council for Scotland
Registration Services
Clerwood House
96 Clermiston Road
Edinburgh EH12 6UT

Standard probationary period

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. It is possible that you may have taught the subject prior to applying for Professional Registration - this teaching service will be taken into account as part of the assessment of your application.

You will need to gain full registration within 3 years.

Your Right to Review

If we award you registration but not to the extent you wished, you have the right to ask for the decision to be reviewed by a Registration Panel.