Applying for teacher training courses (ITE)

The application process

Applying at a glance

You will need to search for the course that you wish to apply to in UCAS's teacher training.

Our PGCE courses are listed under the following provider codes: L68 London Met, 1YO Aylward Academy, 234 Princess May Primary, 21B Cardinal Pole, 2CN Viridis Schools.

You should apply to each of the providers above that you would like to be considered for.

Note that we have a single interview process at the University for each subject you have applied to teach. This means that you may get the same decision for each choice. 

UCAS will be updated when routes are filled but short delays can mean some applications come through when we no longer have places remaining. In which case we will try to consider you for a route that does still have vacancies. 

When your application is received at the admissions office it will be checked to ensure it is complete and then assessed for suitability to be interviewed.

We will send an email to acknowledge receipt of your application so please check your spam or junk folders if you don't receive it directly to your inbox.

If shortlisted for interview we will also notify you by email.

We aim to confirm an initial decision within three weeks. This may be to inform you that you're invited to interview or that you're unsuccessful based on the information in your application.

Due to processing demands each stage thereafter may take three weeks to complete but we'll let you know our final decision within 40 working days as required by UTT.

Before applying to study an Initial Teacher Training course (ITT), you will need to check a number of online resources to assess your suitability for the course. Teaching in England is supported by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). You can read information on becoming a teacher on the Department for Education (DfE) Website.

There is also a wide range of information on becoming a teacher available on the UCAS Teacher Training (UTT) site. Each provider of ITT will have their own entry criteria in addition to the standard criteria required by the NCTL.

Read further below for more information.

The London Met ITE recruitment process

All applications to London Met Teacher Training Programmes and those offered in conjunction by our School Direct partners are handled at our Admissions Office based at our Holloway Road site. Once received your application will be checked complete and assessed to confirm your suitability to be interviewed.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to choose a suitable interview date from our Eventbrite listings. All interviews are held at the Holloway Site and are approximately 2 weeks apart. If you have applied to multiple routes of the same course offered by London Met (IE directly to LMU and also to one of our schools for the same subject) you only need to attend one interview.

Once you are interviewed we will normally confirm the decision through UCAS within one week. If you are offered a place we will additionally email you to confirm how to meet conditions of your offer.

If you are unsuccessful at any stage the decision will be communicated through UCAS. We do try to indicate a reason in UCAS why we have not been able to offer a place.

If you have any queries relating to your application you should contact the admissions office at London Met, even if you applied to a named school for a course accredited by London Met.

Choosing an London Met ITT Course

Places for courses leading to QTS are allocated by the NCTL. This means that we are required to offer our PGCE programme directly through the University and in conjunction with lead schools.

If you have searched all London Met courses on UCAS you will see all of these listed. Regardless of whether you apply to a school accredited by London Met or directly to the University you will be studying the same course with attendance at London Met and the requirement to take two placements. London Met tutors will support you on your placements which may not necessarily be in the school to which you have applied. While attending the University you will study with students registered with any of our providers.

We may on occasion, due to allocation restrictions, ask that you resubmit your application for an alternative route with another provider acreddited by London Met. Uniquely with London Met this should not affect you in any way with the delivery of the course.

A matrix of available routes is shown below.

General ITT entry criteria

For specific entry requirements refer to the course entry on our website or on UCAS Teacher Training.

1. UK Honours Degree

A UK degree grade 2.2 or acceptable equivalent.

For Secondary subjects your degree should relate to the subject you are hoping to teach. A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course may be available with London Met or another provider. SKE’s can be used to improve subject knowledge of applicants. For teaching at Primary or Early Years level there is no requirement to have a degree in a specific subject area.

Applicants with third-class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is strongly supported by postgraduate study at master's level and relevant work experience.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables that are publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

2. GCSE*

GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or acceptable equivalent).

See Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers). If your application indicates you are willing to take an equivalency test or will be taking a standard GCSE before summer 2017, then we can make this a condition of your offer if accepted after interview.

There is no suitable GCSE equivalency test at the University for entry onto the PGCE. We also do not accept qualifications commonly considered as equivalent to GCSE such as Key Skills or City and Guilds.

3. Professional skills tests

You should consider booking these at the same time as applying.

All current and prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).” Read more about professional skills tests.

You do not need to have taken the tests to gain an offer. If this is the case, then we will stipulate this requirement as a condition of your offer.

You do not need to wait until you get an offer before you take the tests. In fact, it would be strongly preferred that you have passed the tests by the point you are interviewed. You should take the test as soon as possible after you have applied.

4. Other requirements

All offers are made conditional on a satisfactory DBS Disclosure check and 'Fitness to Teach' assessment. These are usually made conditions of your offer. A suitable DBS Disclosure certificate would be an Enhanced Disclosure covering the 'child workforce'. If you have not made your DBS application through London Met, then you must be registered on the Update service and still have your original DBS certificate in hand to show in person. The ‘Fitness to teach’ assessment is a condition of all offers and will require you to complete a questionnaire which will be sent to an external assessor. You may be required to pay a fee for the processing of either of these checks.

If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements, you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

We do make conditional offers for the PGCE courses, so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

*Information regarding suitable equivalencies.

A full GCSE is recommended but we can also accept suitable equivalences, at the discretion of the university.

Acceptable GCSE English and Maths (plus Science for Primary or Early Years) or equivalent for PGCE; 

  • GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland,
  • UK recognised predecessor qualifications (O-level A-C or CSE Grade 1),
  • Recognised Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh equivalents,
  • AS and A/2 levels,
  • Specific GCSE equivalence shown in an Access course transcript up to 2014,
  • Accredited iGCSEs (biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, coordinated sciences or combined science),
  • International qualifications defined by UK NARIC as meeting GCSE A-C**,
  • Academic IELTS level 6.5 (minimum component score 6.0), or PTE Academic with minimum of 58 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.  
  • Other nationally available standard test confirmed to be at CEFR level C1 (considered on case by case basis).

**In general equivalence to GCSE Maths and Science can be considered from an overseas qualification but in most cases a suitable test will be required to meet the equivalence of GCSE English Language grade C or above. You must be able to show that you have specific grades at a suitable level in the required subjects.

Science is considered to be a general science or core science subject; biology, chemistry, physics, human biology, general science, geology.



PGCE Routes Matrix

PGCE Routes Accredited by London Met

The easiest way to search all courses available with London Met on UCAS Teacher Training is to search all programmes under London Met (L68) in the "Search for a training provider OR select a region" field.


London Met (L68) 

Aylward Academy (1YO)

Cardinal Pole (21B) 

Viridis-Orchard School (2CN)

Princess May (234)

PGCE Secondary English with Media






PGCE Secondary Maths






QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Secondary Mathematics*






PGCE Secondary Modern Languages






QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Secondary Modern Languages*






PGCE Early Years FS/KS1  (3-7)






QTS Only School Direct (Salaried) Primary FS/KS1 (3-7)*






PGCE Primary (5-11)






QTS Only School Direct  (Salaried) Primary (5-11)*






PGCE / PGCE School Direct Secondary Science Biology






PGCE Secondary Science Chemistry






PGCE Secondary Science Physics






* Note that salaried positions will only be advertised on UCAS Teacher Training when a school makes this type of ITT provision available within our existing partnerships. We hope to adverise for these from March 2016. Salaries trainees do not gain a PGCE.

This table alongside indicates available routes to train for programmes leading to QTS with London Met.

Applications are made directly to London Met or our indicated School Direct partners.

When studying for any of these routes you will attend the University for lectures and approximately 2/3rd of the course is spent on placements in school.

Placements are not necessarily in the school you have applied to.

The NCTL have allocated the maximum number of students that can be recruited to each route.

If you are making choices for Apply 1 you should choose all routes that you would like to be considered for, even in the same subject. If successful at interview we would then be able to make your offer directly for your chosen route.

We have a single interview process for all routes and will advise you when making an offer if we can place you with the school you applied to, or with another in our London Met School Direct partnerships (which may require you to resubmit your application in apply 2).

We do try to place you with the provider you have applied to however as there is a high number of applicants attending our interviews this might not always be the case. Regardless of your named provider as a student with London Met you will still study the same PGCE programme with attendance at the University and two school placements.

Our UCAS listings will be updated as quickly as possible to reflect vacancies available.

ITT Frequently Requested Information

  • ITT courses lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

  • Training Bursary is available to qualifying students when enrolled.

  • PGCE courses are mainly placement based. Whilst on placement you will be expected to be on site the same hours as teachers which may be considerably longer than the school day for pupils at your placement school.

  • School Direct programmes at London Met are offered by our partner lead schools using the same PGCE training model undertaken by students at the University. PGCE School Direct students will also attend the University for their reflective modules.

  • Applications for 2017/18 entry can only be made through UCAS Teacher Training. We will continue to advertise and recruit for our courses while there are spaces available. In some cases you may be asked to resubmit after interview for an alternative London Met route that still has vacancies.

  • Applicants should check all information on our course pages and on the UCAS Teacher Training (UTT) site before applying, paying particular attention to the subject specific requirements and the general entry criteria.

  • These courses start earlier than the main intake in September so be sure to check the dates. New applications cannot be considered once the course has started. Consideration should be given to the processing time of applications for courses that are still recruiting near the course start date.

  • Offers are only made to applicants we have interviewed and you must be available for interview within the 40 working day turnaround time stipulated to us by UTT.

  • You are strongly advised to book your QTS Skills Literacy and Numeracy Test at the point of applying.

  • International students requiring a (Tier 4 visa) cannot be considered for these courses. 

  • Applicants based overseas must be available for an interview in person (contact the admissions office for advice before arranging travel).

  • Home/EU places are limited by the allocations we are given by the NCTL.

  • No deferrals are permitted. You must re-apply in the next admissions cycle.
  • Holders of non standard/overseas/non UK qualifications must upload scanned copies of these when their application is confirmed at London Metropolitan University. This must include the original document, translation and Naric Statement where applicable.
  • If you have lived overseas an additional Criminal Background check may be required from that country.