DLD College London Year 9 Students On The Embankment

Join Our Year 9 Programme

DLD College London is consolidating its unique space in the education sector, continuing to innovate with new ways of delivering education, whilst creating unique learning opportunities for its students.

Central to our pioneering Year 9 offering is a curriculum designed to spark a love of learning, preparing students for the careers of tomorrow and providing a solid bedrock of knowledge and skills.

This unique programme delivers a hybrid of the traditional and the unconventional, introducing students to the rigours of grammar and algebra while also learning about topics such as NFTs and cryptocurrency.

Our Year 9 provision forms the first stage of a DLD student’s journey, as they progress through to our Year 10 & 11 Key Stage 4 programmes and then onto Sixth Form, university and beyond.

At DLD, students are empowered at every step to tailor their learning and to develop skills and experience to pursue their passions.



Year 9 Study Programme

Our Year 9 programme focuses on the core subjects in which students need a strong foundation, by studying Mathematics and English at depth to support the levels of numeracy and literacy that are required across all other subjects.

Thematic Courses

Students will then study thematic courses which are interdisciplinary in their approach including Science, Creative Arts, Digital Futures and People & Places. From this, students will be better prepared with the academic skills required to gain deeper content knowledge in their choice of Year 10 and 11 study. They will become independently able to integrate conceptual learning from several sources, and to engage methods of inquiry and problem-solving across a range of subjects.

Supplementary Learning & Activities

In addition to subject lessons, each week students will have additional timetables sessions focusing on their physical, social, emotional and professional development.

Each of these interdisciplinary courses draws content from the subject areas featured.


Urban Schools Projects

London City Skyline

Maximising our unique location on the South Bank, once a week, London truly becomes our classroom. Students will work on cross-curricular projects, getting involved in the community in which they live, and develop their research, inquiry and reflection skills, actively using everything the capital has to offer, thereby instilling an awareness and interest beyond the conventional.


Student Development

Year 9 students will progress onto our exciting GCSE programme, continuing the theme of tradition combined with innovation, as we are offering BTEC subjects such as Esports and Entrepreneurship alongside traditional GCSEs.

Through the school’s exceptional, award-winning pastoral system, students will also be supported in developing their confidence, independence and resilience, further preparing them for the future.

As integral members of our Upper School, Year 9 students will have a dedicated Tutor who will oversee their daily needs at morning registration, whilst the Head of Upper School will track their Academic and Pastoral needs with a weekly surgery. In addition, each student will be allocated to one of our Houses which are linked in to the Sixth Form and offer an opportunity to participate in the wider activities of school life such as House competitions and assemblies.

When lessons end at 4pm, each student will be required to sign up to at least two Co-Curricular Activities per week and these take place after school.  With over 50 clubs and societies from Debating to Photography, Duke of Edinburgh to Model United Nations, DJ-ing or Bands to various sports teams, yoga or boxing, there really is something for everyone.

Combining this rich tapestry of school life with the awareness that comes from having so many different nationalities of students joining us from overseas creates a unique, diverse culture within which we develop mature, global citizens.


Interested in joining Year 9?

Every student who wishes to join DLD College London will be invited to an informal interview. This enables us to get to know each other and gives us an insight into how an individual might fit within our unique offering.

For Year 9 entry, students will also participate in The DLD Challenge which will contain a Maths and English element, as well as critical thinking or a creative task.

International students will require a IELTS Level 4.5 to join this year group.

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