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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, there are a wealth of University options for you.
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.
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.
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.
The college itself has three floors of classrooms and facilities. The onsite boarding house is directly above and spans 14 floors in total.
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
We allow up to 14 students in a class and our average class size, depending on the subject is 8-10 students per class.
We have a number of quiet study areas around the school plus a library.
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.
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.
Waterloo station and Westminster station are both a very short walk from the college.
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.
We currently have 57 different nationalities at the college with British being our most prominent nationality.
We currently have 400 students at the college, of which 220 live in the boarding house.
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.
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.
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).