For PGCE or PGCE School Direct; the minimum entry requirements are as follows: Relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent, Ths should include PHYSICAL EDUCATION in the degree title OR other sport related degrees that include modules on teaching and learning (pedagogy). If applicants have neither of these, extensive experience will be considered. GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent), GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent) QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy , A Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (LMU Health Check) you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made. Further details on these requirements are below. Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course you must take and pass the QTS skills tests as required by the NCTL. If you have not already passed this test this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion. In practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview. Prior to interview London Met strongly recommends that you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school. In the interview your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools will be assessed. In particular as our placements are based in London you should have an awareness of multicultural and other arising issues when teaching in urban based schools. You may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience. Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required. A full GCSE is recommended but we can also accept equivalences (see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers). If these routes to confirm a GCSE are unavailable then an internal test in maths or English may be offered to applicants that have been offered a place. This is normally only available if your offer has been made very close to the course start date. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, Naric and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the NCTL. Applicants with 3rd class degrees can apply. However, this qualification must be strongly supported by postgraduate study at Master's level and relevant work experience. Note that you will be in competition for a place with applicants that meet and exceed our minimum entry requirements. 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 (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application
Months of entry
By choosing to train as a teacher with London Metropolitan University, you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career. Previous students have told us that you will be exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who act as 'critical friends'. Our trainees attain highly with 99% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools. London schools are the “international education success story of the past 10 years”’ (Husbands IOE). Come to London Met and be part of this success.
You will understand the new National Curriculum and develop an ability to marry theory, research and practice. The course is built on a strong academic foundation and trainees are expected to develop their understanding and application of critical pedagogy in physical education.
This course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status and you can apply either to London Met for PGCE or through the PGCE School Direct at London Met application process. Please see the How to Apply section for the UCAS Provider details of our partner schools.
PGCE Schools Direct
The School Direct model we are adopting is one which aligns the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we will only be able to offer places in Primary / Early Years, and in Secondary in Citizenship, English, Maths, MFL, PE and Science (with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
Student teachers will attend the training workshops at the university with regular PGCE students. The placements will be planned to take place within the school / consortium of schools with the School Direct allocation. Within the overall requirement of 120 days in school, this time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.
The consortium is part of the much larger family of nearly 100 School Direct at London Met schools. It represents a large body of schools that have joined together with London Metropolitan University to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.
Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University, and the school experience divided between two partner schools. A small number of primary schools have requested School Direct salaried trainees; they will host the trainee for the majority of the course, and release them to the university, for tuition.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Office
- 020 7133 4202