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Achieving success together

DLD College London is a thriving, successful independent school located in the heart of London, right by Waterloo and overlooking the River Thames and Houses of Parliament. With students aged 14–19 years old from London and the surrounding areas plus from many countries around the world, we are a truly global college.

High-quality teaching is delivered within exceptional modern facilities and in small, supportive classroom environments. We offer a place for students to grow and develop, to gain independence and become more autonomous, where they can become independent thinkers and better prepared for university study.

Throughout the Covid lockdown, teaching and learning has continued from day one via online lessons delivered through our virtual learning environment.  Students have been fully engaged and felt supported throughout and a selection of recent feedback from parents and students are highlighted in the quotes further down this page.

Every year the school helps students to move forward with their studies. They may find that they are not getting the support they need at their current school, do not get the grades for progression, are finding it too restrictive and need more autonomy, or sometimes just need a change. DLD College London’s flexible approach to learning and strong personal support helps students successfully progress to university and fulfil their potential.

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Course Details

What grades do I need to study in the Sixth Form at DLD College?

To be eligible to apply for an A Level at DLD College London students must have 5 GCSEs at Level 4 (grade C) or above including Maths and English. Specific GCSEs may be necessary depending on your course choice.

What is the difference between A Level and BTEC?

BTEC allows students to express their knowledge and understanding through practical assignments. Rather than studying a three or four different A Level subjects, BTEC students focus on only one subject; Business, Media Production and Music Technology. Whilst they do have some examination components, BTEC courses are assessed through practical assignments where students apply their learning in a real-world context, often engaging with industry professionals.

What is the difference between a 1 year BTEC and a 2 year BTEC?

Our one year BTEC is less intensive and equivalent to one A Level. The two year BTEC is the only course you will take and is equivalent to three A Levels.

Can I take BTEC and A Level together?

If you are student of a two year BTEC then you will not be able to study A Levels alongside this, you will not have the time. However, students often take the one year BTEC alongside other A Levels.

If I study a BTEC can I go to University?

Yes, there are a wealth of University options for you.

Can I retake my A Levels at DLD College London?

We can offer various options for retaking A Levels which are discussed in detail at interview to ensure you get the most appropriate fit for your studies and future plans and these will be by timetabling you in to appropriate lessons across Year 12 and 13. We do not run intensive retake courses.

What is the One Year Intensive GCSE course

We offer an option to study a core set of GCSE subjects to give students a solid foundation for progressing to A Level and BTEC study.  This course suits domestic students who wish to consolidate their learning and focus on achieving good grades in a core group of subjects, as well as international students who wish to prepare for their higher level studies.

How many GCSEs can I take?

For our two year GCSE courses starting in Year 10, you will take 9 GCSEs. For a one year intensive GCSE programme (starting in Year 11) you can take up to 7 GCSEs.

Who can I talk to about my options?

Please contact the Admissions team by email or telephone who will arrange a discussion with an expert member of the DLD team. Email: or Tel: +44 (0) 207 935 8411.

About the College

How big is the college?

The college itself has three floors of classrooms and facilities. The onsite boarding house is directly above and spans 14 floors in total.

What classroom facilities do you have?

The college is zoned into Faculty areas where dedicated classrooms for subjects are located. We have three ultra-modern science laboratories for Biology, Chemistry & Physics. there are three art studios, a graphic suite and photography studio with darkroom. You will also find a 70 seat theatre with cinema screen, two dedicated music rooms, recording studio and practice rooms. In total there are 55 classrooms across the college

What’s your largest class size?

We allow up to 14 students in a class and our average class size, depending on the subject is 8-10 students per class.

Do you have study areas?

We have a number of quiet study areas around the school plus a library.

Do you have an outdoor space?

We have the newly completed Wellbeing garden where you can relax, reflect and study. For sporting activities you will go to Archbishop’s Park, just 5 minutes away.

Do you offer extra-curricular sports and activities?

We have a broad range of sports, teams and activities you can get involved in for all levels of experience. If you have a keen interest in something that we don’t currently offer, or you wish for us to arrange a particular trip, please let us know and we will do our best to cater for your needs and interests.

What is the nearest train station to the college?

Waterloo station and Westminster station are both a very short walk from the college.

Do you offer school lunches?

We have a large Global Kitchen which serves a huge range of meal options catering for a wide variety of dietary requirements and which are appealing to the many nationalities in the college.  We also have a snack bar which is open all day, serving hot and cold drinks as well as pastries and snacks.

What is the nationality mix at the college?

We currently have 57 different nationalities at the college with British being our most prominent nationality.

How many of the students live in boarding?

We currently have 400 students at the college, of which 220 live in the boarding house.

Further Information

What teaching took place during lockdown?

We are exceptionally proud of the uninterrupted teaching and learning that has taken place throughout lockdown. Students continued with their regular timetable and received online lessons via our virtual learning environment.  They have felt fully supported and engaged as witnessed by the feedback received, a selection of those from parents and students are featured further down this page.

What measures are in place for September?

DLD College London is planning to fully re-open in September and COVID-19 measures will be in place to comply with government guidance. In addition we will have temperature testing on entry, hand sanitizer stations throughout the school and a one-way system around the building.

We will be here to support you should you have any questions or concerns. We have not had any cases of coronavirus in College and a small number of boarders have remained living with us during lockdown.

In addition, we are set up for hybrid learning of online and face to face teaching and so our next academic year will continue uninterrupted, regardless of the situation we find ourselves to be in.

Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

We have a few spaces remaining and urge you to make an application as soon as possible by completing this application form (for UK students).


“The college strives to instil a sense of achievement in its students and urges them to be the best they can be in all they do.”


“Louisa relishes the “freedom” she’s offered to make informed decisions. She feels guided and supported.”


“My Teachers are super flexible, extremely adaptable and highly professional. They know their stuff really, really well and they are very caring and dedicated. Absolutely amazing teachers.”


“Thank you so much for providing such a prompt and clear update to teaching arrangements for the rest of the term.  We really appreciate your care for health and wellbeing of the students and staff.”


“Thank you so much for your patience and help. It was excellent to get the additional information about the courses, and we are now in a position to accept the offer of the place for him in Sixth Form starting in 2020.”

New Parent – September 2020

“The teachers professionally maintained interaction and made the online classes fun. Excellent use of materials. At some points I genuinely felt I was in class.”


“Tom has had such a great time at DLD and it suited him so well. We’re very glad we chose DLD.”


“Thanks to all the amazing teachers for their dedication and making the course so interesting for Sophia. The feedback the teacher gave Sophia recently was excellent. And we are so impressed with the online learning platform.”


“What I have enjoyed the most in remote learning is asking students about their home town and life – it is the funniest part ever!”


“Students are spoken to like the young adults they are and are taught to take responsibility for their actions.”


“I just wanted to thank you for everything you do on behalf of Alex and his classmates. They adore you and are missing you very much.”


“I am really glad to have you as my teacher, you had helped me so much during the past 2 years. Even though art is not the passion I chose for university, I never regret choosing photography! It has been a busy but fulfilling A Level, thanks for being a wonderful teacher.”


“I am really glad to have you as my teacher, you had helped me so much during the past 2 years. Even though art is not the passion I chose for university, I never regret choosing photography! It has been a busy but fulfilling A Level, thanks for being a wonderful teacher.”


“Again I would like to big thank you for your efforts and a huge congratulations on the successful transition of lessons to online method.”


“With is ability to attract students from all over the world, it provides amazing insight into global cultures.”



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