The application process

Applying at a glance

You will need to search for the course that you wish to apply to on UCAS Teacher Training (UTT).

Our PGCE courses are listed on UCAS under the following provider codes: L68 London Met, 1YO Aylward Academy, 234 Princess May Primary, 21B Inner London Teacher Training Alliance (Cardinal Pole), 2CN Viridis Schools, 2FT CREST Academy, 2F4 Winchmore Academy.

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

There is a single interview process at the University for each subject you have applied to teach. This means that you only need to attend interview once if all of your Apply 1 choices are acreddited by London Met and 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/subject 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.

Primary school classroom

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 Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). 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.

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'll additionally email you to confirm how to meet the 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. Unfortunately it is not possible to expand further on these reasons.

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.

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

If you search all London Met courses on UCAS you can see these all listed. Regardless of whether you apply to a school accredited by London Met or directly to the University you'll be studying the same course with attendance at London Met and two placements. London Met tutors will support you on your placements, which may not necessarily be in the school to which you've applied. While attending the University you'll 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 accredited by London Met. Uniquely with London Met, this will not affect you in any way with the delivery or outcome award of the course.

A matrix of available routes is shown near the foot of this page.




For specific entry requirements refer to the course entry the LMU website or the profiles 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 but must have this qualification supported by a full Masters degree 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 A-C (grade 4-9 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 2018, then this will be made a condition of your offer if you are accepted after interview.

There is no suitable GCSE equivalency test offered by the University for entry onto the PGCE and qualifications commonly considered as equivalent to GCSE such as Key Skills or City and Guilds are also not accepted.

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 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.

The schools shown are known as 'Lead Schools', these head up partnership groups of schools that will be used for placements while on the course.

Subject (Route) London Met (L68) Aylward Academy (1YO) Inner London Teacher Training Alliance (21B) Viridis-Orchard School (2CN) Princess May Primary (234) Winchmore Academy (2F4) Crest Academy (2FT)
PGCE Early Years (3-7) X110 2JQ2 2JY5 \ 2LLJ \ \
PGCE Primary (5 - 11) X100 2JPX 2JXZ 2YKW 2LLH 36GF 36HC
PGCE English with Media 38CQ \ 2JL7 \ \ \ 36H8
PGCE Secondary Maths G1X1 2JGS 2JXM \ \ 36GQ 36GZ
PGCE Secondary Modern Languages R9X1 2JH8 2JXP \ \ 36GR 36H9
PGCE Secondary Science Biology C1X1 2JHB 2JXH \ \ 36GS 36H4
PGCE Secondary Science Chemistry F1X1 2JH9 2JXC \ \ 36GT 36H7
PGCE Secondary Science Physics F3X1 34DZ 2JX6 \ \ 36GV 36HB
PGCE Early Childhood (EYTS) Apply Direct \ \ \ \ \ \
Assessment Only Route (QTS) Apply Direct \ \ \ \ \ \

* Note that London Met will not be offering School Direct salaried positions for 2018/19. Salaried trainees do not gain a PGCE. There are generous training bursaries available for most PGCE routes.

Note that placements will not necessarily be at the named schools above. For PGCE you are required to undergo two placements and these will be at a school arranged by London Met that is either attached to the named lead school above or working with The University.

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 allocate 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. You will then have to decide which route you want accept in the time period stipulated by UCAS.

There is a single interview process for all routes and you will be advised when making an offer if we can place you with the lead school(s) you applied to, or with another in our London Met School Direct partnerships (which may equire you to resubmit your application in apply 2).

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

  • ITT courses lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) you should read further on the distinction between these on the course listings.

  • 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.

  • PGCE leading to QTS Applications for 2018/19 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 route acreddited by London Met 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.