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Welcome to DLD College

DLD is the oldest and one of the most prestigious colleges in the UK, which, since its foundation in 1931 has built a strong reputation among students, parents, schools and universities.

DLD College London operates from a purpose built campus in the heart of London overlooking Westminster and the Thames River.

We focus on each student as an individual, offering each person the very best teaching and educational resources. We aim to build confidence in our students, enabling them to access a wide range of degree courses at top universities. We are a college noted for its friendliness and informality and we treat our students as young adults.

As part of the Alpha Plus Group, DLD College aims to maintain a ‘gold standard’ of educational quality. Classes are small, enabling students and teachers to focus upon the most effective ways of learning.  We stretch and challenge our students, motivating them and raising their own expectations of themselves, moreover, our learning community is supported by an e-learning platform.

The College offers superb, modern teaching accommodation and resources in one of London’s safest and most accessible areas, a stone’s throw from Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. While the College is strong in all academic areas, our creative arts are transparently successful and our theatre, art and design, music and photography studios are scintillating places.

There are around 500 students at the college, some of whom are preparing for A Levels, some studying for their GCSEs, and some studying for BTECs and International Foundation Programmes. Our large sixth form enables the College to offer a wide range of subjects, supported by a strong welfare system and high quality higher education and careers advice.

For students requiring residential accommodation, DLD College provides over 200 rooms in our purpose built student residence directly above our College premises. DLD has a comprehensive range of activities outside class, sporting, cultural and social. Clearly, we believe that we have something very special here, something that you can only experience by visiting us. I look forward to meeting you.

Rachel Borland, Principal


About us

DLD is a unique learning environment, much more like a ‘pre-university’ experience than a school.

Students are respected, treated as individuals and young adults, and are on first name terms with their tutors.  Lessons are engaging and students are challenged to contribute actively, to set high standards for themselves and to take responsibility for achieving, whilst having the confidence that the staff are always on hand to support, guide and encourage.

Helping our students to manage their own study time is a priority. Individual tutorial sessions and a mature approach to learning means that DLD acts as a real stepping stone between school and university.


Facilities available

We have a responsibility to maintain extremely high standards at the college with our equipment and facilities.

DLD College London has moved to our brand new, purpose-built premises, containing the most up to date, and exclusive facilities available. Our impressive new campus contains:

 55 classrooms – 60 touch screens 

70 seat theatre with state of the art LED lighting. The theatre is also equipped with a cinema screen and surround sound. 

Two 1st floor music rooms fully equipped with the latest iMacs and software, a studio complex in the basement with three rooms. The music technology lab comprises state of the art iMac computers with the latest versions of Logic and Sibelius software on them, In addition we have three practice rooms equipped with a top end acoustic and digital pianos as well as a drum kit.

Three art studios, graphic suite and a photography studio and classrooms. 

Separate laboratories for Biology, Chemistry and Physics equipped with interactive touch screens. 

Four dedicated learning zones with quiet booths and water fountains. 

Learning centre equipped with state of the art technology. 

5 private tuition rooms for one on one learning.

The Refectory provides a multifunctional space for eating, studying and socialising, and has a mixture of long bench style tables and booths. In addition, students also have access to a Starbucks Café from 8am.

Atrium with film projectors and surround sound. 

Gallery with seating for student group work. 

College nurse with onsite medical facilities. 

All students can benefit from an enclosed, safe and secure landscaped garden area just outside the College.



Additional support

At DLD we believe that students develop best if they feel part of a community, and the most effective way to achieve this is to create an atmosphere of mutual respect. 

We place high importance of the personal approach to the care and support of our students; small class sizes and a wide range of co-curricular activities enable students to settle quickly into the DLD community. 

Led by the Vice Principal Welfare, our dedicated Welfare team offer consistent and tailored support to our students ensuring that each student feels valued, supported, and equipped to manage their studies and their transition into further education or a career.  

Every student has a dedicated Personal Tutor, a Director of Studies, and a Director of Welfare. Students also have access to medical provisions, health and emotional advice from our College Nurse, and support from our Student Services team.



How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact DLD College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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