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January 2021 Start Courses

DLD College London offers a range of high quality academic programmes, including GCSE, A Level , Foundation and BTEC, for students looking to start their studies in January.

*Apply before 1st December 2020 and save 25% on your DLD accommodation*

Academic Preparation Course

Students and teacher in Academic English class at DLD College LondonOur Academic Preparation Course is designed to raise students’ ability in general and subject specific English to enable them to join our academic programmes.

Course Duration Subjects covered Progress to
Academic Preparation Course  

One Term

(Jan 2021 – April 2021)


  • Art or Science (student choice)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Communication Skills
  • Reading and Study Skills
  • Research Project
  • PSHE
  • Sport

A Level

International Foundation Programme


Dependent on the level of language and academic abilities, our Pre-Sessional Programme can be taught for one, two or three terms. As well a strengthening English language skills, we will prepare students to learn in a typical British classroom environment. This includes skill development in areas such as pair work, project work, independent reading, discussion work and team building. Physical Education (PE) and Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) also form part of our pre-sessional curriculum.



DLD students in science classGeneral Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE) represent the first stage on the path to study at a UK university. Many institutions will ask for at least 5 GCSE passes for entry.

In 2020 64% of GCSEs awarded to DLD College London students achived grades 9-6 (A** – B).

January 2021 GCSE study options

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
GCSE 18 Months

(Jan 2021 – July 2022)


Compulsory Subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Computing
  • Art

Elective Subjects:

  • Biology or Economics
  • Chemistry or History
  • Physics or Film Studies
  • Geography or Music
  • French or Russian
 A Level

International Foundation Programme


Why study GCSEs?

Depending on the duration of studies, GCSE students will take between 6-8 subjects. GCSEs provide a great ‘grounding’, offering students a wide breadth of subjects. time to familiarise themselves with the UK education system and improve their English (English Language is a compulsory GCSE subject). GCSEs also provide a natural pathway to A Levels, and students who have taken then tend to perform better in higher level examination.

How are they taught?   

GCSE course content is broken up into units, each unit is taught in a linear structure, with an emphasis on understanding the connection between topics within the wider context of the subject.


GCSEs are assessed by an end of course exam. Some subjects will also by coursework or practical work.


A Level

Art class at DLD College LondonAdvanced Level courses, commonly known as ‘A Levels’ are the most widely recognised qualification for entry to UK universities.

In 2020, 76% of A Levels awarded to DLD College London students achieved grades A* – B.

January 2021 A Level study options

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
A Level 18 Months

(Jan 2021 – July 2022)



  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Mathematics & Further Mathematics
  • Government & Politics

Any other subjects will be considered on a case by case basis. See here for full list of A Level subjects.

Undergraduate course at university

Why study A Levels?

Most students will take 4 or 3 A Level subjects over the duration of their studies. A Levels offer a good balance between subjects specialisation and choice, allowing students to focus on the subject that really interest them with the option of maintain breadth of subject choice. A Levels also offer progression the widest range of universities, and are the best options for students looking to join a top rated university.

 How are they taught?

Course content is divided into different sections, and students are encouraged to develop and understand the links between them. Learning is underpinned by the key concepts of the skills of the subject, with a strong focus on their practical real world application.


A Levels have a linear structure, which means that all exams take place at the end of the final year. Most A Level subjects are assessed by written examination unless the course has a large practical element (such as in Art of the sciences).


International Foundation Programme

Foundation class at DLD College LondonOur International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an intensive year 13 academic programme that offers international students direct entry to a wide range of UK universities.

In 2020, DLD College London students achieved an average overall score of 71% on our foundation programme.

January 2021 International Foundation Programme Study options

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
International Foundation Programme  

6 Months

(Jan 2021 – July 2021)



  • Business & Economics
Undergraduate course at university

Why study International Foundation Programme?

Unlike many foundation programmes, our destinations are limited to a choice of one or two partner universities. This means students are free to progress to a wide range of UK universities, including many top-ranked Russell Group institutions.

How are they taught?

The programme offers a range of subject-related pathways, which give access to complementary subjects at university. Each pathway is made up of a number of modules, depending on which pathway you choose you might have a choice of modules, they may be all compulsory, or a mix of elective and compulsory modules.


Each module is assessed individually, with three assessment points through each term. Students will achieve an average score.


British Boarding School Experience

Students on DLD College London balconySpend a term studying the British curriculum and improving your English whilst boarding in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

Course benefits:

  • Improve your written and spoken English
  • Live and study in one of three beautiful, historic and vibrant British cities
  • Study the globally recognised and admired British curriculum
  • High quality accommodation and pastoral support included
  • Study and live with ambitious students from around the world

Whilst you study you will become a full member of our diverse student community, with access to our exciting extra-curricular programme of weekly clubs, sports and activities, evening lectures, and university preparation sessions.

Upon completion of your studies, you will receive a comprehensive academic report and completion certificate to take home. If you enjoy your time here, you can also choose to join the full GCSE, A Level or Foundation course and complete your university studies in the UK or at home.


Why choose DLD College London?

Awards Winner

  • We provide the best on offer for urban boarding
  • We provide the highest levels of support for student wellbeing
  • We offer a wide choice of courses and subjects
  • We are experts in helping students progress to top London and international universities, including the US
  • We are Central London’s only on-campus boarding school
  • Our pastoral and learning student support is award winning
  • We help students make the most of the amazing learning experiences London has to offer

Much like the city that we call home, DLD College London is a fusion of the historic and the modern. Our history dates back to 1931, and we still hold close traditional values such as academic rigour, discipline, and exam success. We’ve teamed these values with a focus on student wellbeing and personal development which means that graduates are well-adapted and prepared for their life after sixth form.

As one of only two central London on-campus boarding schools, studying at DLD puts you in the heart of the city. Students wake up to the iconic London skyline outside their window, and our home on the South Bank puts some of London’s best leisure, eating and entertainment experience on your doorstep.

DLD College London has recently been announced as winner of ‘Independent Boarding School of the the Year’ and was also recognised with the Special Judges’ Award for its urban boarding offer and student wellbeing support at the prestigious Independent School of the Year 2020 Awards. Read more here.

In addition, DLD is a finalist in the Independent Schools’ Association Awards for Innovation in Pupil Voice – more details here

And was a finalist in the TES Awards for Boarding School of the Year – read more here.

January Start Course Fees

Course International Fee EU Fee
18 Month GCSE(Jan 2021 – July 2021) £26,900 £20,175
I8 Month A Level (Jan 2021 – July 2021) £26,900 £20,175
6 Month International Foundation Programme(Jan 2021 – July 2021) £20,667* £16,217
British Boarding School Experience(Jan 2021 – April 2021) £14,420

Includes Boarding


Includes Boarding

Academic Preparation Programme (per term) £8,800 £6,975

*6 Month International Foundation Programme fee for students from countries in the following resgions is £13,833: Middle East, North Afica, Latin America and africa.

Join our January start information webinar


This webinar will be invaluable for all students planning to join DLD College London this January.

Head of Admissions Ben Hessenthaler will tell you about what you can expect in your first few weeks in the college, including welcome and induction, settling into college, lessons, accommodation, covid health and safety around the college and in London.



Our Autumn series of webinars gives you the opportunity to learn more  about  living and studying at DLD College London.



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