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.

  • 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

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.

5-star urban boarding (Images)


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.


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