DLD College London

Introduction
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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.

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Academic English

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom London

Academic English forms the educational foundation for any international student studying with us, whatever course they follow, as English is the language for both teaching and learning. [+]

What is Academic English? Academic English forms the educational foundation for any international student studying with us, whatever course they follow, as English is the language for both teaching and learning. Every student’s language target is to achieve a minimum of 6.5 in the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System). It is compulsory to study this course until this is achieved, although we recommend students study beyond this score. There are various courses to follow to do this, depending on the English level at the start (which we will assess upon arrival). The IELTS exam is as important as any A level subjects, Foundation course or BTEC qualification and must be taken alongside these, because the demonstration of academic English skills of a certain level (generally 6.5) is a pre-requisite for entry to all good universities. Further to this, universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial and UCL often ask for 7.0/7.5. This exam focusses not only on the four main language skills areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening) but also on the academic learning skills required through the sixth form, into university and beyond; for example, discursive essay writing, argument analysis and note-taking. What is Academic English @ DLD? We believe in an integrated skills and topic based approach to learning, as language is learnt best in context. Wherever possible, we will link the relevance of our lessons to the other subjects across the curriculum. We believe strongly in working together with other subjects, in order to help you more easily, and successfully, understand and work with the language of your subject. Therefore, you will see strong connections between how all subjects present and work with language, so that you can have a collective and consistent learning experience. How you will progress? At interview, the College will establish which main course you should study for and place you at the correct point in this progression table for the Academic English component: IELTS: 6.5-7.5 IELTS: 5-6.5 IELTS: 4-5 FCE First Certificate in English PET Preliminary English Test Cambridge university exams equivalent to IELTS 2.0-6.5 KET Key English Test These exams are all paper-based and externally assessed, with an even ‘mark weight’ balance across the four main skills areas. The future Studying with us means living and learning in English for international success. We will support you to achieve to your highest potential linguistically in order for you to succeed in all courses and subjects. This is an ideal time in your life to become fluent in another language, adding an invaluable skill set for future work, whilst also expanding your intellectual and cultural perspectives significantly. [-]

Diploma

BTEC Business

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom London

In BTEC Business students are encouraged to develop a range of important skills which are transferable to any walk of life. Students can focus on their career aspirations or work area within the specification in which there are six specialist pathways consisting of Finance, Management, [+]

Why choose to study BTEC Business? In BTEC Business students are encouraged to develop a range of important skills which are transferable to any walk of life. Students can focus on their career aspirations or work area within the specification in which there are six specialist pathways consisting of Finance, Management, Marketing, Law, Administration, and Human Resources. Tutors have carefully chosen units of study that complement students interests and what universities/ employers are looking for. The course is designed to replicate the Business working environment, therefore you will; Gain a broad understanding of business and be able to study selected areas in more depth Develop skills, knowledge and understanding in business Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way Follow a programme of study which enables progression to both higher education and employment within business Develop personal, learning and thinking skills, which are highly valued by employers and universities Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills What is BTEC Business at DLD? At DLD, BTEC Business is taught through individual and group presentations by students as well as class notes and assignments. Video materials and News articles are used as the basis of discussion and the emphasis is always on the practical application of theory. Students are encouraged to challenge the content of what they read and offer their opinions. The aim is to emphasise to students that running a business involves a series of decisions which are usually made with incomplete knowledge and that there is often no ‘right’ answer. We strive to make classroom learning as interactive and dynamic as possible. Exam Board At DLD College London we are currently studying BTEC Business through the Edexcel Exam Board. How is it assessed? The BTEC qualification is not only preparing you for university, it is also aiding you to develop skills that you will need in the workplace. Through this course we endeavour to send well rounded individuals into the workplace with the potential of being successful business men/women. Therefore, it is important that students who commence the course do so with a positive attitude and a willingness to participate in class, perform independent research under guidance and above all, learn from their mistakes. Candidates should possess good time management and organisational skills. These skills will aid the success on the course as you will complete assignments after each unit, for which deadlines will be set. Ideally students should have GCSE English and Maths or equivalent. Exam Board: Pearson What do I need? You will need a minimum GCSE English grade C. The most important quality that a student can bring to Business is a genuine curiosity for and enthusiasm about commercial matters. In the department, we are trying to set students on the road to becoming entrepreneurs. Therefore, we are looking for students with a positive attitude who are willing to participate in class, perform independent research under guidance and above all, learn from their mistakes. After DLD The theory taught in BTEC Business is useful in all walks of life since most of us who do not become entrepreneurs work as employees. A working knowledge of the way businesses operate will always be helpful in assessing the prospects of particular firms and therefore in career planning. However, there are now a range of business related degrees available to undergraduates, many of which are joint honours degrees involving another subject such as ICT or a modern language. These are particular valuable in the modern business world as are business degrees involving an international dimension in the form of an internship abroad. While most DLD students do follow the path of higher education, a sizeable minority go straight into the workplace as trainees in a family business or in certain aspects of the financial services and property industries. Therefore, a BTEC Business qualification can be a staging post for both university and the working world. Entry Requirements for international students To study BTEC, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following a BTEC course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside BTEC lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the BTEC programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre-BTEC) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. [-]

BTEC Media Production

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London

If you see yourself working in film, television, music, publishing or advertising then our course offers you a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge needed to get ahead. The BTEC Media Production qualification is a fun and exciting practical course that is the equivalent of three full A-Levels. [+]

What is BTEC Media Production? If you see yourself working in film, television, music, publishing or advertising then our course offers you a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge needed to get ahead. The BTEC Media Production qualification is a fun and exciting practical course that is the equivalent of three full A-Levels. You can get your first step towards a career in the creative industries by studying BTEC Media Production. Media is a challenging and creative industry and it requires people with imagination and enthusiasm. Many students progress from their level 3 BTEC on to undergraduate courses and some may even go straight into employment within the creative sector. What will I study on the course? During the course you will produce a portfolio of media work that includes short films, music videos, live television broadcasts and digital publishing. Rather than taking an exam, you demonstrate your knowledge practically and assessment methods are varied, therefore giving you the best opportunities to succeed. We have state of the art facilities designed to replicate the technology you will use in the industry. In lessons you will utilise a variety of teaching methods, our facilities include; a portable 4K television broadcasting unit and a Mac editing suite complete with Final Cut Pro, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and After Effects. We also have a range of equipment available for students to book out and use inside and outside of lessons, including Go Pro HD cameras, Canon, JVC and Nikon digital cameras. We have an impressive array of guest speakers and educational visits. Previous guest speakers have included Mike Hodges (director of Get Carter), Jason Cowley (editor of The New Statesman), Helen O’Hara (freelance film journalist) and Justin Gorman (Head of Entertainment at Channel 4). We have a regular visit to BBC Broadcasting House and we have also visited Warner House and the Harry Potter studios. How is the course assessed? Rather than studying for an exam, you can demonstrate your knowledge practically and you will find that assessment methods are varied, giving you the best opportunities to succeed. You will have a variety of assessment tasks, from creating presentations to writing scripts or filming and editing video footage. Exam Board: Pearson What are the entry requirements? You will be expected to have achieved five GCSEs, including a C grade in English. We also ask that you demonstrate an enthusiasm for media. What can I do after the course? Students can continue to study media production at universities around the UK. Universities can offer a more specialised route of study, such as post-production or creative writing. Some students move directly into industry. The variety of techniques gained during the course make our students desirable to both universities and employers alike. Our BTEC graduates have been accepted to study degree programmes in International Marketing, Sociology, Film and Television Production at a range of universities including Central Film School, Nottingham, Middlesex, Ravensbourne and Westminster. Entry Requirements for International Students To study BTEC, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following a BTEC course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside BTEC lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the BTEC programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre-BTEC) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. “The BTEC Media qualification is fun and interactive and assignments range from making a College magazine to planning and producing your own short film. You accumulate a diverse portfolio of work that leaves you well equipped for both university and future employers.” Michael Murphy – DLD Graduate [-]

BTEC Music Technology

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London

During the two year course students will work towards a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A-level). Throughout the duration of the course students will develop a portfolio of work, music industry knowledge and the skills to assist them in finding employment within an area of the Music Industry or support an application for a higher education course at University. [+]

What is the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology? During the two year course students will work towards a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A-level). Throughout the duration of the course students will develop a portfolio of work, music industry knowledge and the skills to assist them in finding employment within an area of the Music Industry or support an application for a higher education course at University. What will I learn? A wide range of music technology related themes will be studied including music production techniques and audio engineering principles, marketing and promotion, music sequencing, the sound and music industry, live sound techniques and acoustics. Students are taught by specialist tutors and are assessed through coursework designed and vocationally relevant lessons that incorporate demonstrations, micro-teaching and tutor guided support. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions, classroom-based theory sessions, self-directed Independent Learning using resources on the online VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and in-house master classes delivered by visiting industry professionals. There will also be opportunities to obtain a valuable insight into the music profession through visits to areas of the music industry, gaining knowledge, skills and advice from professionals. Exam Board: Pearson What qualification do I gain? During the first year students will work towards a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A-level). Successful students will be able to progress onto the second year of the where they will work towards the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to two A- levels). Throughout the duration of the course students will develop a portfolio of work, music industry knowledge and the skills to assist them in finding employment within an area of the Music Industry or support an application for a higher education course at University. What are the entry requirements? English Language and Mathematics grade C or above is essential. GCSE Music or Level 2 equivalent and the ability to play an instrument are not essential but welcomed, as are ICT skills. All applicants will be interviewed. What can I do after the course? Upon successful completion of the program, students may progress to a Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma courses in music technology-related subjects or entry to the music industry workplace. Entry Requirements for International Students To study BTEC, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following a BTEC course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside BTEC lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the BTEC programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre-BTEC) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. "Music tech helps me explore my musical interests without boundaries. Tutors create a friendly atmosphere which makes learning fun and more effective. Most of the teaching is one-to-one and we use the latest studio facilities". Karolina Nevoina – DLD Student [-]

Preparatory Year

A-Level Art and Design

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

One of the most important aspects of A Level Art and Design is its ability to express what cannot be seen or spoken. The multi-faceted nature of Art allows individuals to explore an endless array of processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photographic imagery, 3D construction and mixed media. [+]

What is Art and Design? One of the most important aspects of A Level Art and Design is its ability to express what cannot be seen or spoken. The multi-faceted nature of Art allows individuals to explore an endless array of processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photographic imagery, 3D construction and mixed media. It is a fascinating and rewarding subject that allows you to use your imagination and creativity, whilst acquiring a range of skills, abilities and directions in art as you engage with the world in a visual and tactile way. What is Art and Design at DLD? Artistic skill underpins every creative practice. Our approach is to support the development of practical skills whilst encouraging expression and personal creativity. During the first part of the academic year you will explore a variety of materials, processes and techniques, whilst simultaneously building on your contextual knowledge. These new skills will act as a foundation for the second part of the academic year, which consists of an exam unit, where you will draw upon previous learning experiences to devise your own project. Throughout this creative journey you will be guided by experienced and supportive staff members who will draw on a variety of teaching methods in order to help you achieve your potential. How is it assessed? AS Art (one year course) Component 1 60% Portfolio Component 2 40% Externally set project (10 Hour Exam) Progress on to: A-level Art (one year course) Component 1 60% Personal Investigation Component 2 40% Externally set project (15 Hour Exam) Exam Board: AQA What do I need? It is essential to have studied Art at GCSE level in order to start studying Art at AS Level. It is also important to have a genuine interest in the subject, and a willingness to learn and develop your skills and ideas. On a more practical level, a digital camera (preferably around 10 megapixels) and a USB is strongly recommended, An A1 black vinyl portfolio, and a range of drawing, painting and craft materials would also assist your independent / homework studies in this subject. Good subject combinations Subjects that can complement the study of Art could include Photography, Media Studies and History of Art. This is because they also involve analysing and responding to visual culture, society and contemporary ideas and issues. Due to the diverse nature of Art, it complements many subjects offered at DLD because it often contains elements of them. For example, English Literature, Sociology, Physics, Mathematics and History are endless resources that artists the world over have drawn upon to inspire their work. After DLD A high percentage of our students progress on to Art Foundation and Degree courses at Art Colleges, after DLD, in London, across the UK and internationally. DLD is very proud of its 100% record in placing students onto Art Courses on completion of their A Level Studies. This route into graduate study enables students to develop their studies further in various disciplines such as Art & Design, Photography, Textiles, Fashion, Design, New Media and Architecture. The creative Arts industries make a significant and culturally highly important social contribution to the fabric of our country and the UK economy – accounting for 7.9% of GDP, a figure that is growing significantly faster than the economy as a whole. Career paths in art and design can include becoming a Professional Artist, a Graphic, Web, Textiles or Fashion Designer, a Photographer or Architect. There is also the possibility of becoming an Illustrator, an exhibition curator, or working in gallery education. With good training,qualifications and professional skills in Art & Design the list of possible career routes is endless! The Arts provision at DLD is a thriving department that will build and develop your skills and creativity, as well as prepare you for further study, and an exciting career in the Arts. This year DLD Art Students have won various regional and national awards. This includes first, second and highly commended awards in the annual ISA Art Competition. Entry Requirements for International Students To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. "DLD has been a wonderful place to study. I have always loved Art, and the tutors are experts, friendly and help you to develop your skills, creativity and confidence. The help they gave me when applying to Foundation courses was fantastic and as a result I obtained offers from many different Art colleges". Anya Myagkikh – DLD Graduate [-]

A-Level Business

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Business is a field that is undeniably important to society. Businesses and business leaders have been key architects of the digital age and the globalised world we inhabit. The challenge of managing finite resources in a way that satisfies a network of stakeholders is perhaps greater and more exciting than ever. [+]

Why choose Business? Business is a field that is undeniably important to society. Businesses and business leaders have been key architects of the digital age and the globalised world we inhabit. The challenge of managing finite resources in a way that satisfies a network of stakeholders is perhaps greater and more exciting than ever. The ability to critically engage with businesses and the commercial world equips young people with the tools to excel in their careers and make a meaningful contribution to the progression of society. For many students, A Level Business will lay the groundwork for an exciting and lucrative career. What is Business at DLD? Part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, A Level Business at DLD College allows learners to develop a holistic understanding of organisations in various business sectors and environments, drawing on local, national and global contexts. We embrace creativity and work to inculcate a measured approach to tackling questions that ultimately lead to justified judgments that avoid the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Learners will apply a number of analytical techniques such as break-even analysis, investment appraisal tools and ratio analysis in order to investigate business opportunities and problems. They will be equipped to determine appropriate business strategy in a range of contexts. Business Tutors at DLD aim to create an atmosphere that is dynamic in terms of its delivery of subject material, stimulating and one that nurtures an awareness of events and issues within the global commercial environment. Students on the first year of the programme will all work towards the AS qualification. The content of the first year forms the foundation of the Eduqas A Level that is completed in the second year. How is it assessed? Component 1: Business Opportunities and Functions 33.3% 2 hours 15 minute exam Component 2: Business Analysis and Strategy 33% 2 hours 15 minute exam Component 3: Business in a Changing World 33.3% 2 hours 15 minute exam Exam Board: EDUQAS What do I need? The best students of Business have a rounded set of academic strengths. Students should be confident essay writers as their ability to write will be analytically tested. At the same time, the course requires learners to have a confident grasp of numeracy and the ability to manipulate data to support rational judgements. Finally a genuine enthusiasm and interest in the commercial world is invaluable and will help students to accelerate their progression. Good subject combinations The broad nature of A Level Business means that it is an excellent complement to most other A Level courses offered at the College. There are significant overlaps with other Social Sciences such as Economics, Geography, Sociology, Government and Politics but also with other subjects such as Psychology, Media Studies, Drama and even Art. The importance of critical thinking skills is shared with English and the need for quantitative analysis makes A Level Mathematics a valuable combination. After DLD The theory taught in A Level Business is useful in all walks of life as most of us work as employees rather than becoming entrepreneurs. A working knowledge of the way businesses operate will always be helpful in assessing the prospects of particular firms and therefore in career planning. However, there are a wide range of Business related higher education qualifications; many of which are joint honours degrees involving another subject. These are particularly valuable in the modern business world as are business degrees involving an international dimension in the form of an internship abroad. Business related ‘Sandwich courses’ (where students complete a work placement as part of their degree course) are also very popular. While most DLD students follow the path of higher education, a sizeable minority go straight into the workplace as trainees in family businesses or in certain aspects of the financial services and property industries. All this indicates that A Level Business can be a staging post for both university and the working world. Entry Requirements for International Students To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. [-]

A-Level Government and Politics

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Greek philosopher Aristotle argued that politics is the ‘master key’ which unlocks the mysteries of human social life. When most people think of politics, they think of party political broadcasts, questions in the House of Commons and photo opportunities for the Prime Minister. [+]

What is Government and Politics? The Greek philosopher Aristotle argued that politics is the ‘master key’ which unlocks the mysteries of human social life. When most people think of politics, they think of party political broadcasts, questions in the House of Commons and photo opportunities for the Prime Minister. All of these are part of modern politics but they are only a part of what students study on the course. At DLD we focus on three key aspects of politics: power, ideology and world order. What is Government and Politics at DLD? At DLD you will learn to study politics critically. This means examining how democracy really functions, why political decisions are made by a minority rather than a majority, and how politics in different countries is influenced by international developments. Classes at DLD are tutor-led, but all students will have an opportunity to contribute and participate in class discussions and debates. The course is assessed entirely by examination, and the emphasis is on preparing students to complete the questions confidently and within the time limit. All course notes and materials are provided, but students will be encouraged to purchase study guides and/or supplementary textbooks where applicable. How is it assessed? Unit 1 People and Politics 25% (50%) 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 2 Governing the UK 25% (50%) 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 3 Key themes in political analysis: Approaches to Global Politics 25% 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 4 Extended themes in political analysis: Issues in Global Politics 25% 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Exam Board: ED What do I need? Ideally, candidates should have an interest in politics and current affairs. They should also have good or above average literacy skills, and should enjoy reading. The most successful students are those who engage in private study, in addition to the work set by the tutor. Good subject combinations A Level Politics is a good choice for students considering a career in the professions, or those who simply want to understand how the world works. Politics goes well with Economics, History, Sociology and English. Politics does not just appeal to social science students, however: increasingly, Art and Drama students have enrolled to study Politics, giving them a broader perspective on the world. After DLD Most students who study Politics go on to university, and many decide either to continue with Politics and/or International Relations (for which they will be very well prepared) or to study History. Some students decide to study Law or Journalism as postgraduate options, and Politics provides an excellent grounding for these professions. Politics is also useful for students planning to join graduate training schemes, as employers view the subject as serious and challenging. Of course, many students make no direct use of the qualification, instead, they take with them a higher level of insight into the world, and there is no substitute in life for knowledge. Entry Requirements for International Students To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. [-]

Foundation Year

International Foundation Programme in Art

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

The Art Foundation Programme is for advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio to progress onto Higher Education. This course is normally a requirement for entry to BA (Hons) degree programmes at prestigious art schools. [+]

What is the Art Foundation Programme? The Art Foundation Programme is for advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio to progress onto Higher Education. This course is normally a requirement for entry to BA (Hons) degree programmes at prestigious art schools. It gives you the opportunity to explore your creative potential and specialist area of study. The Foundation Diploma is a 1-year practical, creative and intensive course. The course is diagnostic in approach, enabling students to explore a wide range of specialist areas before deciding on a future direction within the subject. Students find this course exciting challenging and rewarding. If you are interested in a creative and commercial career and are interested in the art and design world, this could be the course for you! Key Course Features: Qualification: Level 4 Diploma Accreditation: Pearson Level: 4 Mode: Full-time Duration: 1 year Who is the course for? Advanced students who wish to build up a portfolio in order to progress to higher education. You may be thinking of a career in Art and Design but unsure of what possible directions you could take. You may feel you haven’t really tried out many areas of Art and Design. You might be unclear about the contents of the portfolio required when applying for a degree course. Our foundation course is designed to answer your creative questions, help you make the right choices and reach your potential. It will give you confidence, practical skills and the theoretical understanding to take the next step towards an exciting and creative career. How will I learn? You will have access to state of the art facilities in our new creative arts department. Enthusiastic and experienced team of specialist teaching staff will teach you on a daily basis. Throughout the course students will take part in group discussions and analysis of their own work and others. Exploration of historical, contemporary artists and designers practices are integrated into practical project work. Students make regular trips to visit exhibitions and fashion events throughout London. The year is structured into 3 stages Stage 1 Exploratory stage: A broad introduction providing you with new processes and techniques, through projects that build on A-level experience. Intensive 1 and 2 week projects are designed to challenge your preconceptions of Art and Design, encouraging experimentation and ambition. This stage allows you to try out many different specialisms whilst helping you to focus your attention on choosing future degree courses. Tutors provide extensive support to prepare for interviews and the presentation of your portfolio. Stage 2 Specialist Pathways: This stage allows you to develop a portfolio of work through extended specialist projects within the following areas. Fine Art (painting sculpture, printmaking, multimedia) Lens based media (photography, animation) Graphic design, Illustration, Textiles, (interior design / architecture, product design, etc.) Stage 3 Confirmatory (Final Major Project) This stage is an opportunity to produce self-motivated and more independent work within your chosen specialist pathway. An exhibition of the work open to the public is the culmination of the course. How will I be assessed? The Foundation Diploma is 100% coursework assessed. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course. Feedback helps students to see the strengths of their work, as well as reflecting on areas, which can be developed further. Students must pass each stage of the course before they can go onto the next. Final grades are awarded on the work produced during the summer term and presented in the exhibition. Exam Board: Pearson Progression The Foundation Diploma is recognised as the best route to a degree in art and design after completing A-levels. This course is primarily a springboard to universities throughout the UK, preparing students to make the most of higher education, advising them on the most appropriate specialist course. DLD’s art department has an excellent record of students gaining places in the most competitive degree courses. NB: The majority of Art and design degree courses specify that students should complete a Foundation diploma as an entry requirement. Standard Entry Requirements Age: 17 years + One ‘A’ level (UK domestic students only) or other relevant qualification in Art and Design 4 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, or equivalent Portfolio submission IELTS 5.0+, or equivalent Passing an interview which will assess English language ability and motivation Mature and or under-qualified students are encouraged to apply with exceptional ability, as they may also be considered. However, it is the student’s portfolio that will be used to assess suitability for the course. Students will be asked to submit a portfolio of their own work. This should include a selection of art works (paintings, observational drawings, design work, photography) and especially work you may have carried out in your own time. Sketchbooks and design sheets are seen as vital in making this decision. You will be interviewed, and this will give you the opportunity to ask detailed questions about the course and show us a portfolio of your work, demonstrating your skills and interest. You will also be asked to complete a creative task that demonstrates your artistic dexterity, and fluent ability in English at level 5.0 IELTS or above. After DLD On successful completion of this BTEC L4 Foundation Diploma Course in A&D students are expected to apply for any of the following degrees: BA (Hons) Fine Art BA (Hons) Creative Arts BA (Hons) Photography BA (Hons) Graphics BA (Hons) Ceramics This high quality portfolio of work produced on this course will enable application to a wide variety of art and design degree courses throughout the UK. For example in London: University of the Arts University for the Creative Arts London Metropolitan University Ravensbourne College University of East London City and Guilds of London Art School Entry Requirements 1 strong A-level in Art If students do not have an A level qualification on entry they can only be submitted with evidence of high equivalent ability at point of entry (this should include a substantial portfolio comprising a range of developed final pieces, and strong research & project work (including detailed written contextual research of artists and art practice) Students should be able to show strong evidence of awareness and understanding of both historic and contemporary art & design practice, and have a strong command of spoken and written English, as the written component is a key part of the coursework. If students do not have an A Level Qualification on entry they will have to take an A Level while doing their Art – Foundation course, in order to fulfil Degree Application Requirements. If student have IELTS level 5 on entry they will need to achieve IELTS level 6+ in order to be eligible to apply for and take up places on degree courses on completion of the Art Foundation Course. Entry Requirements for international students To study the International Foundation Programme (IFP), your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 4.5. IFP students without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside IFP lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the IFP you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre-IFP) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. [-]

International Foundation Programme in Business

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are one-year courses, designed as an alternative to A-levels, which prepare students for undergraduate education in the UK. The IFP is also an opportunity for students to become familiar with the approach to education in the UK and improve their written and spoken English. [+]

What is the International Foundation Programme? International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are one-year courses, designed as an alternative to A-levels, which prepare students for undergraduate education in the UK. The IFP is also an opportunity for students to become familiar with the approach to education in the UK and improve their written and spoken English. The International Foundation Programme at DLD? At DLD, there are foundation programmes in Business, Art and Music. The IFP in Business covers Mathematics, ICT, Presentation Skills, Economics and Business. Economics and Business make up 75% of the course. Students are taught the principles of starting new businesses, business management and business law. The Economics modules cover micro, macro and international economics. The course gives students, the knowledge and research skills to succeed at university and the confidence to demonstrate their knowledge. The teaching is done in small classes where students are treated as individual learners and supported by experienced, caring members of staff. How is it assessed? The Programme is externally accredited and moderated by NCFE. Core Skills 25% Written exams: Maths 1, Maths 2, and ICT; Essay and oral presentation: Research and Presentation Skills Business 37.5% Written exams: Business 1, 2 and 3 Economics 37.5% Written exams: Economics 1,2 and 3 Students without an Academic English score of 6.5 or higher are also required to attend Academic English classes as part of their programme. Exam Board: NCFE What do I need? Students should have score in Academic English of 5.0 or the equivalent. They should also have completed compulsory education as well as one year of high school education in their home country. After DLD The International Foundation Programme is recognised and approved by over 50 institutions, including those in the Russell Group. Successful graduation from the IFP in business may lead to entry to undergraduate programmes in Economics, Business, Management, Marketing and Law. Entry Requirements To study the International Foundation Programme (IFP), your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. IFP students without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside IFP lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the IFP you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre-IFP) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. “What I like about the IFP course is that it’s a fast track way to university as the course is just one year. The teachers are approachable and are always there if you have any problems.” Jason Htet – DLD Graduate [-]

International Foundation Programme in Engineering

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are one-year courses, designed as an alternative to A-levels, which prepare students for undergraduate education in the UK. The IFP is also an opportunity for students to become familiar with the approach to education in the UK and improve their written and spoken English. [+]

What is the International Foundation Programme? International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are one-year courses, designed as an alternative to A-levels, which prepare students for undergraduate education in the UK. The IFP is also an opportunity for students to become familiar with the approach to education in the UK and improve their written and spoken English. The International Foundation Programme at DLD? At DLD, there are foundation programmes in Business, Engineering, Art, Music. The IFP in Engineering covers Physics, Advanced Mathematics, ICT and Research & Presentation Skills. Science and Mathematics make up 75% of the course. The course gives students, the knowledge and research skills to succeed at university and the confidence to demonstrate their knowledge. The teaching is undertaken in classes where students are treated as individual learners and supported by experienced, caring members of staff. How is it assessed? The Programme is externally accredited and moderated by NCFE. Physics Advanced maths Key Maths Skills A & B Key ICT Skills Key Research & Presentation Skills Students without an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher are also required to attend Academic English classes as part of their programme. Exam Board: NCFE What do I need? Students should have score an IELTS score of 5.0 or the equivalent. They should also have completed compulsory education as well as one year of high school education in their home country. Trip abroad Being able to observe studies done in other European countries can be an excellent way of enriching our students’ learning. For that reason, students are expected to join in a short study trip to Spain in February 2017. Entry Requirements To study the International Foundation Programme (IFP), your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0 IFP students without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an IELTS score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside IFP lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the IFP you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre-IFP) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. After DLD The International Foundation Programme is recognised and approved by over 50 institutions, including those in the Russell Group. Successful graduation from the IFP in Engineering may lead to entry to undergraduate programmes in a range of degree programmes. [-]

International Foundation Programme in Music

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

What is the International Music Foundation Programme at DLD? Prepares you for undergraduate study at a Music conservatoire such as the Royal Academy of Music, etc. [+]

What is the International Music Foundation Programme at DLD? Prepares you for undergraduate study at a Music conservatoire such as the Royal Academy of Music, etc. Gives a firm grounding in the study skills required to study in the UK. Unlike other foundation courses, this course will leave you with internationally recognised qualifications. Mode: Full-time Duration: 1 year What will I study? It includes five components: 1. Grade 8 ABRSM or Diploma: You will receive two weekly one-to-one lessons in your first study instrument/voice (2 hours) to prepare for the examination during the year. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) qualifications are equivalent to an A level and are awarded the same UCAS points. Click here to see more details at their website. Practical music exams (choose from 35 instruments or voice) consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests. Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction. 2. ABRSM exam in second study: You will receive weekly one-to-one lessons in a second study instrument (60 minutes). Students are strongly encouraged to study piano if it is not their principle study. 3. Grade 6-8 Theory: Music conservatoires accept Grade 8 theory (ABRSM) as an alternative to a full A level in Music. This will be taught either individually or in small groups. Grade 8 Theory: The harmonic vocabulary will include all standard diatonic and chromatic chords. Questions in the exam will cover: Continuation of a given opening of a passage from a Baroque trio sonata for two treble instruments and basso continuo. The basso continuo part will be given throughout and fully figured (but a realization for keyboard will not be required). Completion of an outline of a short passage for keyboard. Some knowledge of the styles practised by composers from the time of Haydn onwards will be assumed. Continuation of a given opening of a melody for a specified instrument (a choice will be given). Questions on short extracts of music written for piano or in open score for voices or for any combination of instruments and/or voices, designed to test the candidate’s knowledge of the elements and notation of music, including the realization of ornaments, the identification and notation of underlying harmonic structure, phrase structure, style, performance, and on the voices and instruments for which the works were written. 4. Students will also follow a course of Alexander technique leading to a certificate. This course improves body posture and breathing and is used widely in music and drama colleges to improve performance skills. 5. Students with an IELTS score below 6.5 (or equivalent) will follow a course in Academic English in preparation for the IELTS examination to satisfy the language requirements of higher education. The minimum requirement for Music is usually 5.5. 6. Students will also study for a one year A level in their first language. In certain circumstances it may be possible to study 1 year A level Mathematics. Other optional courses will be run externally. Please note: It is important that Foundation students have at least 2 A levels (or BTEC equivalent) by the end of this course in order to qualify for an undergraduate degree. Therefore this may require students to study over two years rather than one. Exam Board: Pearson Who is it for? International students who want to spend a year preparing an application to a music college or university. You should have completed your education up to the age of 18. Other students who want to spend a year improving their musical skills, and who are completing or retaking other A levels/BTEC. What can DLD College offer? Brand new state-of-the-art facilities, including a three room Music Studio suite of; 3 music practise rooms; two further classrooms. Each student will have access to the latest iMacs and music production software, as well to professional recording equipment. We will provide a 24/7 boarding school environment with complete educational and pastoral support all onsite. This integrates students into the UK and college life with an excellent pastoral system supporting students all the way as they arrive in the UK. London is the world’s music capital and offers a rich Arts culture with an infinite variety of musical opportunity. Entry Requirements A score of Academic English 5.0 or equivalent, and to have finished compulsory education in their home country. You should have completed at least 2 AS levels or be capable of completing 2 A levels in one year whilst at DLD. You will need to be an exceptional musician. On entry, it is expected that you will be working at Grade 8 level (or equivalent) and are capable of achieving a distinction. How do students apply for the course? You must submit a link to a video recording of a recent recital (10 minutes minimum). You will be interviewed in person or via the internet. N.B. Applications for conservatoires have to be completed within the first month of joining DLD and auditions for undergraduate study commence the following November. (Deadline is the month before starting the course) After DLD Most students progress to Music or Music Technology related courses at university; many have gone to study at top music conservatoires in the UK. We have a regular programme of guest speakers from the music industry, who are able to offer professional advice as well as opportunities for our students. Many of our current students are professional producers and are currently working with top recording artists such as Ellie Goulding and Rhianna. “The Music Department helped me to develop my skills in composition, performance and general musical understanding. As a composer/pianist, I found the programme very useful and flexible. The tutors really care about students, and if something is not understood, the tutor will continue until you get it.” Mikhail Bozylev, DLD College London Alumnus [-]

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GCSE Art and Design

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

GCSE Art & Design is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and mixed media and photography. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes. [+]

What is Art & Design? GCSE Art & Design is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and mixed media and photography. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes. Students will produce practical and contextual work associated with the exploration of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Three- Dimensional Design, Photography and Textiles. Art is a fascinating and rewarding subject that encourages the use of your imagination and creativity, whilst acquiring a range of skills, abilities and directions you will engage with the world in a visual and tactile way. What will I study? Two projects (units) during the year: in Unit 1 (Portfolio of work) and Unit 2 (Externally Set Task) students will work on projects exploring and developing skills and technical ability in a range of materials and processes. Following the initial skills building period students can then choose the particular areas of Art they would like to explore in more depth in their Portfolio Unit and in Unit 2. Students will need to complete two sketchbooks per unit showing the development of their art in lessons and through a range of practical homework. Annotation, explanation and written analysis are required to explain sketch book work. How is it assessed? Unit 1 60% Portfolio of work Unit 2 40% Externally Set Task (10 Hour Exam) Exam Board: AQA What do I need? Above all you will need an interest in art & design, and a willingness to learn and develop your skills and ideas. We recommend that you have access to your own digital camera (preferably 10 megapixels) and a 2-4 GB USB stick. A range of drawing, painting and craft materials would also help you to develop your skills in homework and in art & design lessons. “My journey from GCSE Art to AS Art has been an exciting yet a challenging transition. With the support of my teachers, my experience of studying GCSE Art at DLD College meant that I was encouraged to learn and push myself in my studies. I feel that with the effort I have put into my studies, Art has helped stretch my horizon!” Elmo Spethmann – Current DLD Student [-]

GCSE Business

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

It has become increasingly important in the global workplace to confidently use and understand ICT software, particularly in the context of running a successful business organisation. By the end of this course you will have the vital skills required for further study and employment in both ICT and Business Studies. [+]

What is Business? It has become increasingly important in the global workplace to confidently use and understand ICT software, particularly in the context of running a successful business organisation. By the end of this course you will have the vital skills required for further study and employment in both ICT and Business Studies. What will I study? This engaging course teaches current and emerging ICT systems within a business context. Students will gain knowledge and confidence in using office software by ensuring they have the practical skills needed to use and operate standard office software. You will explore and suggest improvements to business communication systems, considering the impact on the business and its stakeholders. You will also evaluate the role of business within society. Why should I study Business? In a 21st century globalised market economy, the role of business and information technology is a key component to its continuation. Whilst learning to appreciate the core elements that go into making the system work it is also important to question the role that business has in society. This course can enlighten you as to what makes good customer service, whether McDonalds™ or Nike™ really are ethically sound companies to purchase from and what it is that makes up a significant threat to data security. How is it assessed? Unit A265 Businesses and their Communication Systems Written examination – 1 hour 30 minutes 50% Unit A266 Developing Business Communication Systems Controlled Assessment – up to 10 hours research and up to 5 hours writing up. 25% Unit A267 ICT Skills Practical Examination 1 hour 25% Exam Board: CIE What do I need? An interest and aptitude for ICT. An interest in business and economic activities. The ability to build arguments and distinguish facts from opinions. [-]

GCSE Economics

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

GCSE Economics offers students a great opportunity to learn about how everyday individuals, organisations and governments are faced with making economic choices in terms of how best to use the limited amount of resources that they have available. [+]

What is Economics? GCSE Economics offers students a great opportunity to learn about how everyday individuals, organisations and governments are faced with making economic choices in terms of how best to use the limited amount of resources that they have available. What will I study? GCSE Economics offers students the chance to be introduced to concepts related to Microeconomics enabling them to explore how markets function. Learners will also consider Macroeconomic theories helping reflect on how the economy of a country functions. In their second year of study, students focus on the convergence of markets and the issues that arise from this. Why should I study GCSE Economics? Economics is a fascinating subject to study, which is not only well respected but also extremely relevant to the real world. Throughout the course students will be able to develop their skills of analysis and evaluation as they learn to apply economic theory to different contexts. The GCSE Economics course lays excellent foundations for AS and A Level study. How is it assessed? The course is assessed through three external written examinations which will be taken at the end of the second year: A591: How the Market Works 25% 1 hour exam A592: How the Economy Works 25% 1 hour exam A593: The UK Economy and Globalisation 50% 1 hour 30 minutes exam Exam Board: OCR What do I need? Students who succeed on the course will have an interest in current affairs and desire to understand how the economy works. They should be willing to undertake research and share their thoughts and opinions on the economic climate. A willingness to work with numerical data to help form analysis is crucial. [-]

GCSE Religious Studies

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom London

Religious beliefs and practices continue to play an essential part in today’s world. A clear understanding of them can help us to better comprehend the world around us, its possible futures as much as its past. GCSE Religious Studies involves discussion, debate and critical thinking on major issues such as the existence of God, [+]

Why study Religious Studies? Religious beliefs and practices continue to play an essential part in today’s world. A clear understanding of them can help us to better comprehend the world around us, its possible futures as much as its past. GCSE Religious Studies involves discussion, debate and critical thinking on major issues such as the existence of God, medica ethics and the relationship between different religions. It naturally complements subjects such as English, History and Art and is an increasingly popular option at GCSE nationwide. Students of Religious Studies may or may not be religious themselves, though they will wish to understand the beliefs of others and be willing to examine and develop their own assumptions and convictions. Teaching relates topics, where appropriate, to the context of contemporary society and typically involves class discussion, debate and study through videos, set texts and research. What you will study The Edexcel GCSE course consists of two units, each of which is assessed by an exam of 90 minutes: Christianity and Society Morality and Human Rights The Environment Medical Ethics War and Peace Crime and Punishment 2. Islam Key Beliefs The Five Pillars The Shariah The Mosque [-]