Study in the heart of London at one of the top independent colleges in the country. 

DLD is the only college with on-campus boarding facilities located in central London. In college, we provide a caring, supportive, and student-focused environment, with a wide range of courses and subjects to choose from. DLD Students benefit from amazing learning and enrichment opportunities, and many progress to join some of London and the UK’s top universities.

We offer high-quality GCSE, A-level and International Foundation Programmes in a vast selection of courses. Urban boarding & accommodation available, the perfect environment to live, study, make friends and enjoy extra-curricular activities.

DLD College nominated for ‘Boarding School of the Year’
Our London college was proud to be nominated as a finalist in the ‘Boarding School of the Year’ category at the prestigious TES Independent School Awards.

TES – education business supporting teachers, school staff and schools to succeed in every aspect of their teaching life.

Competition has been fierce. This year TES received an unparalleled number of entries this year, all of which were first rate: “The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud – it’s a remarkable achievement.”

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  • The only on-campus, purpose-built boarding school in the heart of London. 5-star student accommodation in central London.
  • A pathway to top London and global universities. London is home to world-class universities than any other city on earth. 61% of DLD students progress to London universities including LSE, Imperial, and City.
  • A wide choice of courses and subjects. Leading in digital, creative and finance courses.
  • Top-class facilities and unique learning experiences. Over 30 weekly college clubs enable students to develop their interests and relax outside of their studies. Facilities include a new library, dedicated student well-being centre and our Global Kitchen, opened Michellin-starred Atul Kotchar.

British Boarding School Experience (One-term study)

Spend a term studying the British curriculum and improving your English whilst boarding in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

Why study with us? 

  • 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 study 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 or A Level course and complete your university studies in the UK or at home.

Please note that there are limited places on these courses available.

Course overview 

You will be joining students from around the world studying on our established GCSE (14–16 years) and A Level (16–18 years) programmes. Your weekly study programme will be a combination of academic subjects and English language lessons.

Full board accommodation will be included in one of our college boarding houses.

The fees listed cover tuition and boarding for the stated duration of study.

Course fees

Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020 one term
DLD College London £17,360
Abbey College Cambridge £16,200
Abbey College Manchester £13,375

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UK Education System

The UK education system has a world-wide reputation for quality, with universities such as Oxford, CambridgeUniversity College London (UCL) and Imperial College London consistently ranked in the world’s top ten. By studying at DLD College London, you will be provided with an unrivaled opportunity to gain entry to the best universities the UK has to offer and make the very best start to your career.

Explaining UK Qualifications

A Level (Advanced Level) courses can be studied over two years or 18 months. A Level courses are the most commonly used qualifications for entry to UK universities.

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year course specifically designed for direct access to study at UK universities. A large portion of our IFP students go on to study at the elite ‘Russell Group’ of top UK universities.

GCSEs (General Certificates of Secondary Education) can be studied over one year, two year or 18 month periods. Many universities will ask for at least 5 passes at grade C or above for entry (often including GCSE Mathematics and English passes).

Study our popular BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS Foundation Course

Situated in the heart of London, DLD College is ideally placed for students preparing for a career in the commercial sector. The College is within easy reach of the Bank of England and the London offices of major multinational firms such as Facebook and Google.

In today’s digital age, it is essential for learners to future-proof their education. The Business and Economics pathway seeks to inspire future leaders and prepare students for undergraduate study in a range of courses. In the past, our students have received offers for courses such as Business Management at King’s College London, International Banking and Finance at City University London and Accounting and Finance at the University of Birmingham.

Study our popular Engineering Foundation Course

More than ever before in human history, we are building. In addition to physical structures and complex machinery, we are building in the virtual world. The Engineering IFP is ideal preparation for undergraduate study in a range of fields.

Engineers need to be able to address the needs of the future. Engineering is an extremely broad field encompassing civil, mechanical, electrical, electronic, aeronautical, automotive and biomedical engineering. Successful graduates of the DLD College London IFP in Engineering have received offers for prestigious courses such as Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester and Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London. The inclusion of the Advanced Mathematics content gives students access to other courses including Computer Science.

Study in the heart of London


As one of the world’s great capitals, London is an ideal place for those who wish to study such as finance, engineering, law and the sciences as well as the medical professions. Every large company in the world has offices here, often its European or world head office, adding to the feeling of excitement and being near to the centre of the business world.

London is also the cultural capital of the UK, with all of the most important museums, libraries and art galleries as well as being the centre of theatre, cinema, fashion, design and architecture.

Multi-cultural and tolerant, it is hard to be bored here and easy to find exactly what you are looking for, whether it be an internship at a leading financial company, a foreign newspaper or simply a specific item of food.

Case Studies


  • Originally from Russia
  • Studied: Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*) and Physics (A*)
  • Destination: Imperial College London to study Mechanical Engineering

Vasily has an educational background which singles him out as an extremely able student. Having been educated in both Russia and Latvia, Vasily came to DLD College completing 5 GCSEs in one year, alongside an AS module in Mathematics for which he obtained 98%. He went on to obtain outstanding results in Year 12, gaining the equivalent of A* in A level Mathematics and an A grade in AS Physics. What
is truly remarkable is that not only was he one year younger than his peers, he also continued to follow the Russian curriculum whilst living in Latvia and then Britain. He has had, therefore, a successful school career working in three languages.


  • Originally from Russia
  • Studied A Level Fine Art (A*), Photography (A*), and Graphic Communication (A)
  • Destination: University College London (UCL)

Ekaterina came to London from St Petersburg with the singular ambition of studying Fine Art at university in the UK. Ekaterina was a passionate and committed practitioner who embraced the extensive practical facilities provided by the creative arts faculty at DLD. Ekaterina also took advantage of every opportunity to pursue her passion further in a city that is a thriving hub of the international art world.

Ekaterina has dedicated herself to developing skills in all areas of the visual arts; she has done so in order to provide herself with the broadest possible aesthetic vocabulary with which to present and explore her often very philosophical and psychological themes. Her ambitious work was much influenced by a reading of nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy and literature. Her independent research project explored androgynous fashion traditions in England and Russia. Ekaterina’s achievements have been recognised by an Independent Schools’ Association National Prize.


Our 2020/2021 fees are

College annual tuition fees annual boarding fees(excluding home stay)
DLD College London £31,000 £18,900 – £29,400Boarding/accommodation on campus
Abbey College Cambridge £31,150 £16,500 – £26,000Boarding/accommodation on campus, 5 minutes, 15 minutes’ walk
Abbey College Manchester £24,675 £13,400Boarding/accommodation within a 15 minutes’ walk

Other fees: registration fee – £500 and refundable deposit £2000 to guarantee the place.


  • Student Email Account and on-campus computer/Wi-Fi access
  • Entrance to academic challenges and competitions (Olympiads, AEA, UCAT etc)
  • Extra-Curricular Clubs, UCAS and University Application Support
  • Subject-related and some after school trips
  • Guardianship
  • Academic English Lessons and Support
  • Weekly linen and towel change, room cleaning
  • Full board meals seven days a week.

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Many hundreds of international students join Abbey DLD every year to study and to succeed.

Our schools are proud to have an extremely high entry rate to universities each year, placing students at prestigious institutions in an incredibly wide range of disciplines.

Join us on an exciting journey in which we will support you, challenge you and encourage you to realise your personal and professional ambitions.


We are part of Alpha Plus Group and follow robust governance procedures. Our teachers are subject specialists, taught at top universities, and with extensive experience of teaching the UK currriculum. Our boarding  and pastoral staff are experienced and compassionate professionals


We offer personalised study support for every student, at every level. Our study support is designed to help you achieve top grades, and to secure your place at your first-choice university. Our lessons are lively and encourage students to discuss ideas, ask questions and to be involved in active learning.

Our unique university preparation programme provides dedicated time to prepare your university application and gain deeper level knowledge and skills in the areas that you are interested in studying at university. You will be asked to study outside of the curriculum and at a higher level. You will gain important transferable skills such as the ability to conduct research, work as a team, and present to an audience.

Our academic staff are here to help guide you through the UCAS admissions process, providing advice on completing your application form and writing your personal statement.

Expert Teachers

Many of our teachers have been educated at top universities, both in the UK and abroad, and we are fortunate to have both senior and assistant examiners in the staff body. Throughout your time at our schools you will be allocated a personal tutor. Students have daily access to a dedicated personal tutor to guide you through your studies.

At our schools we teach classes of mixed ability. Teachers will set different levels work across the class, monitor and support students at all levels of learning. We are continually developing our teachers to enable them to deliver this type of learning.

Small Classes

We believe that small classes and high quality teaching are the key to success. This approach is very personal and means that students are focused on their studies and are given lots of attention from teachers to maximise attainment and fulfil potential.

Individual Needs and pastoral care

Pastoral care of our students is a key strength of the College. We pride ourselves on the willingness of staff to understand the motivations and challenges that each student faces.

For boarders, our colleges are their home away from home, we strive to provide a caring, inclusive, and nurturing environment.


Across all 3 of our colleges, 42% of all A-Levels taken in 2019 were awarded A* or A grades. More than one third of our Foundation students achieved a Distinction, 42% of our BTEC students also achieved a Distinction. 36% of GCSEs taken by Abbey DLD students achieved grades 9-7.


Each of our students received personally tailored university application support and guidance to help them join the best possible university for them. More than 70 Abbey DLD students have joined Oxbridge college in recent years, 33 students progressed to a G5 university in 2019 (Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, and UCL). 19 Abbey DLD students progressed on to study medicine in 2019, the most competitive of all UK courses.


We have the best boarding rooms in the country. All of our accommodation is of the highest possible standard, and we offer a room and board options to suit any student requirement.

Our College catering team provides our students with daily fresh, nutritious meals and a range of healthy snack options. There is always a range of freshly cooked options, ranging from familiar tastes of home to exotic global cuisine.


Success in life comes from more than just exams so all students are encouraged to broaden their horizons beyond the classroom to develop new skills and broaden their outlook on life.

Taking part in clubs and activities outside of regular classes is a great way to meet new friends. It also allows you to develop and demonstrate a broad range of interests outside of your studies, something that all top universities look for in applicants.

Our diverse Enrichment Programme supports our academic curriculum and forms an integral part of the wider education and college experience offered to our students.

Wide range of sports from basketball and football to table tennis and Chess are organized at schools. We offer a range of musical activities designed to suit both experienced musicians and students who may never have picked up an instrument before.

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

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