DLD College London

Introduction

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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Courses

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

Preparatory Programs

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

Certificate

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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 [-]