Students and teacher in photography class at DLD College London

September 2022 Start Courses at DLD College London

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 September 2022.

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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

(September 2021 – December 2021)

 

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

A Level

International Foundation Programme

BTEC

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.

GCSE

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).

September 2021 GCSE study options at DLD College London

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
GCSE 2 Years
(September 2021 – July 2023)
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language (Compulsory)
  • English Literature (Compulsory)
  • Geography
  • German
  • Mathematics (Compulsory)
  • Physics
 A Level

International Foundation Programme

BTEC

GCSE 1 Year
(September 2021 – July 2022)
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language (Compulsory)
  • English Literature (Compulsory)
  • Geography
  • German
  • Mathematics (Compulsory)
  • Physics
 A Level

International Foundation Programme

BTEC

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.

Assessment

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.

September 2021 A Level study options at DLD College London

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
A Level 2 Years
(September 2021 – July 2023)
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese (Exam Only)
  • Classical Civilsation
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Italian
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
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.

 Assessment

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.

September 2021 International Foundation Programme Study options at DLD College London

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
International Foundation Programme  

1 Year

(September 2021 – July 2022)

 

 

  • Art
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business and Economics
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Fashion Management
  • Mathematics and Economics
  • Medicine
  • Social Sciences
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.

An exclusive agreement gives our Fashion Management and Art pathway students the option to progress on to study at the London, Milan or Paris schools of the Prestigious Istituto Marangoni.

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.

Assessment

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

BTEC

BTEC Digital Media Prduction student at DLD College LondonBusiness and Technology Education Council Diplomas, known as BTECs offer an alternative route to study at university. They provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside delivering a key theoretical background.

September 2021 BTEC Study options at DLD College London

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
BTEC  

1 Year

(September 2021 – July 2022)

 

 

  • Business
  • Music Technology
  • Digital Media Production
Undergraduate course at university
BTEC  

2 Years

(September 2021 – July 2023)

 

 

  • Business
  • Music Technology
  • Digital Media Production
Undergraduate course at university

Why study BTECs?
In 2019, over a quarter of students accepted into UK university had studied BTECs. With their focus on work related learning and real world application, BTECs have grown in popularity because they allow students to develop practical skills related to the career they want to pursue, as well as understand the theory that underpins them.

DLD BTEC students have recently worked with Ticketmaster, the British Film Institue (BFI) and Harrods. Habving the opportunity to engage with real world employers is an element that separates BTEC courses from traditional study. They are recognised in more than 100 countries and in recent years DLD graduates have moved on to study at top UK universities, and also in Europe and North America.

How are they taught?
DLD offers BTEC qualifications that are the equivalent to taking three (two year programme) or one A Level (one year programme) subjects. BTECs are divided into units, which cover specific areas of knowledge, skills, and understanding required by the particular sector or industry. They are a flexible qualification and can be taken alongside A Level.

Assessment
BTECs offer students a variety of assessment methods which allows them to build on their strengths. Each course provides students with a mix of project based assessments which typically involve employer links,  as well as written tests, online assessments and examinations.

DLD College London BTEC Results 2020

D*D*D* – DDD D*D*D* – MMM
% of students achieving  29% 90%

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.

 

Alpha Scholars Programme

Open to both International and Domestic students, the Alpha Scholars programme offers Scholarships of up to 50% of tuition fees to students who can demonstrate academic brilliance and leadership qualities.

For further details, please visit the dedicated web page here.

 

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 recently won the Independent Schools’ Association Award for Innovation in Pupil Voice – more details here

And this year has also been shortlisted for Wellbeng Initiative of the Year 2021 – read more here, after being shortlisted for the TES Award for Boarding School of the Year 2020 – read more here.

September Start Course Fees

 

Course International Fee EU Fee
1 Year GCSE (September 2021 – July 2022) £31,930 £25,055
2 Year GCSE (September 2021 – July 2023) £31,930 Per Year £25,055 Per Year
2 Year A Level (September 2021 – July 2021) £31,930 Per Year £25,055 Per Year
1 Year International Foundation Programme (September 2021 – July 2021) £31,930 £25,055
1 Year BTEC (September 2021 – July 2021) £31,930 £25,055
2 Year BTEC (September 2021 – July 2023) £31,930 Per Year £25,055 Per Year
British Boarding School Experience

(September 2021 – December 2021)

£17,880

Includes Boarding

£17,880

Includes Boarding

 

JOIN A VIRTUAL TOUR OF DLD COLLEGE LONDON

Wednesday 17th February 2021, 9am and 2pm GMT

Join Head of Admissions Ben Hessenthaler for a virtual tour of DLD College London. Ben will show you the facilities of our college based in the heart of London including classrooms, boarding and communal areas such as our Global Kitchen.

You will also learn more about living and learning at the college and have a chance to ask Ben questions.

Register for the morning (9am) tour or register for the afternoon (2pm) tour.

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Our courses are for students between 14-18 years of age

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