Applying for teacher training
Here you'll find information about how to apply for a postgraduate teacher training programme at London Met.
Before applying to study a teacher training course you should assess your suitability for the programme – have a look at more information about becoming a teacher. Please have a look at our entry requirements in addition to the standard criteria required by the Department for Education.
For specific entry requirements refer to our PGCE course pages. Teaching is a regulated profession, overseen by the Department for Education (DfE). In order to be eligible to train as a teacher, you will need to meet the entry requirements laid down by the DfE before you can enrol on the course. Some requirements will be checked on application, others will need to be met after you have received an offer of a training place.
When your application is received, it will be checked by our admissions office to ensure it is complete. We will then send you an email to acknowledge receipt of your application. 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.
Once your application has been accepted you will be asked to come in for an interview. We will send you information about the requirements for the interview as you will need to prepare for the tasks. 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 the interview once. If more than one of your Apply 1 choices are accredited by London Met – you may get the same decision for each choice. We will let you know our final decision within 40 working days as required by UCAS Teacher Training (UTT).
The PGCE programme is a professional course, leading to a valuable qualification, which gives you up to 60 credits at master’s level. As a trained teacher you will be a role model for others. It is essential, therefore, that tutors are confident that applicants are ready and able to undertake this very rigorous programme.
Common reasons that applicants are unsuccessful are:
- insufficient qualifications – either subject or grades
- insufficient personal statement – not relevant or demonstrating a suitable understanding of teaching
- inadequate reference - may not reflect on the ability to teach or suitable experience or study
- failure to demonstrate subject knowledge at the interview
- lack of adequate reflection of personal experience at the interview
- lack of sufficient planning at the interview
- insufficient accuracy of written or spoken English
Where possible we will try to offer feedback through UCAS.
Our partner schools
You may also be interested in our partner school alliances, which run the School Direct route:
Train to Teach North London
Inner London Teacher Training Alliance Primary
E-Act Crest Academy
Angel Islington Training Schools Alliance
Hackney Teaching Schools Alliance
Graduate teacher apprenticeships
You may also be interested in graduate teacher apprenticeships:
- Angel Islington Training Schools Alliance
- Viridis Federation of Schools
- Hackney Teaching Schools Alliance
Potential applicants are required to be employed as an unqualified teacher on a full-time basis and paid according to the unqualified teacher (UQT) pay scale at point one or higher. You may be working with a school already, in which case it is possible that your school will be willing to arrange an apprenticeship training position for you. Alternatively, you can search for apprenticeships.
You must be a graduate and be able to meet all of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) entry requirements:
- Grade C/4 or higher in Maths, English Language and a Science (for Primary)
- Appropriate degree subject and grade (for Secondary)
- Pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy
- Undertake an enhanced DBS check
- Undertake Fitness to Teach checks
The training will occupy 20% of the apprentice’s teaching time, split between face-to-face training at the University and independent training tasks in the workplace.
You will receive an induction at the University. The course will then build on the well-established and successful foundations by combining the expertise of our course tutors who are experienced classroom practitioners and teacher trainers. With a dynamic curriculum designed to cater to your needs as a teacher apprentice. You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own practice and to critically engage with current research, policy and pedagogy, leading to the PGCE award with 60 Master’s Level credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).