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Join DLD College London – Foundation Pathway to Royal Holloway University of London

DLD College London’s  International Foundation Programme at DLD College London offers guaranteed progression to a range of undergrauate degree programmes at the top ranked Royal Holloway, University of London. 


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Royal Holloway, University of London recognises the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at DLD College London as appropriate preparation for admission to certain undergraduate degree programmes.

Students can progress directly to Royal Holloway, University of London, subject to achieving the necessary academic and English language entry requirements for their chosen degree. Royal Holloway will accept the IFP for Year 1 entry onto a range of undergraduate programmes.


Why study International Foundation Programme?

Foundation class at DLD College LondonOur International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an intensive year 13 academic programme that offers international students direct entry to a wide range of UK universities.

In 2020, DLD College London students achieved an average overall score of 71% on our foundation programme.

September 2021 International Foundation Programme Study options at DLD College London

Course Duration Subjects available Progress to
International Foundation Programme  

1 Year

(September 2021 – July 2022)



  • Art
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business and Economics
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Fashion Management
  • Mathematics and Economics
  • Medicine
  • Social Sciences
Undergraduate course at university

Why study International Foundation Programme?

Unlike many foundation programmes, our destinations are limited to a choice of one or two partner universities. This means students are free to progress to a wide range of UK universities, including many top-ranked Russell Group institutions.

An exclusive agreement gives our Fashion Management and Art pathway students the option to progress on to study at the London, Milan or Paris schools of the Prestigious Istituto Marangoni.

How are they taught?

The programme offers a range of subject-related pathways, which give access to complementary subjects at university. Each pathway is made up of a number of modules, depending on which pathway you choose you might have a choice of modules, they may be all compulsory, or a mix of elective and compulsory modules.


Each module is assessed individually, with three assessment points through each term. Students will achieve an average score.

Why choose DLD College London?

Why choose DLD College London?

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  • We provide the best on offer for urban boarding
  • We provide the highest levels of support for student wellbeing
  • We offer a wide choice of courses and subjects
  • We are experts in helping students progress to top London and international universities, including the US
  • We are Central London’s only on-campus boarding school
  • Our pastoral and learning student support is award winning
  • We help students make the most of the amazing learning experiences London has to offer

Much like the city that we call home, DLD College London is a fusion of the historic and the modern. Our history dates back to 1931, and we still hold close traditional values such as academic rigour, discipline, and exam success. We’ve teamed these values with a focus on student wellbeing and personal development which means that graduates are well-adapted and prepared for their life after sixth form.

As one of only two central London on-campus boarding schools, studying at DLD puts you in the heart of the city. Students wake up to the iconic London skyline outside their window, and our home on the South Bank puts some of London’s best leisure, eating and entertainment experience on your doorstep.

DLD College London has recently been announced as winner of ‘Independent Boarding School of the the Year’ and was also recognised with the Special Judges’ Award for its urban boarding offer and student wellbeing support at the prestigious Independent School of the Year 2020 Awards. Read more here.

In addition, DLD is a finalist in the Independent Schools’ Association Awards for Innovation in Pupil Voice – more details here

And was a finalist in the TES Awards for Boarding School of the Year – read more here.

Why study at Royal Holloway, University of London?

Royal Holloway, University of London, is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world. Royal Holloway students are some of the most satisfied with a National Student Survey Score of 88 percentt placing Royal Holloway top among the University of London institutions and the larger London-based universities.

Outstanding campus with a brilliant location

The Royal Holloway, University of London campus is  one of the world’s most beautiful with everything you need right on your doorstep. Teaching spaces, high-quality accommodation, sports centre, cafes and bars are all set in 135 acres of parkland and forest.

World-class facilities

Facilities include the spectacular Founder’s Building, a modern lecture theatre complex called the Windsor Building, the Students’ Union, academic spaces, halls of residence as well as all the amenities you expect from a top class university. Royal Holloway also has a new Library and Student Services Centre, which opened in September 2017.

Active community

People from more than 130 countries live and study at Royal Holloway, University of London, with over 100 student societies to take part in.

The university is ranked 11th in the UK for ‘international outlook’ in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017/18.

Research excellence underpins a personalised education

Royal Holloway has an international reputation for research. In the Research Excellence Framework, published on Thursday 18 December 2014, it was confirmed that Royal Holloway sat within the top 25 per cent of UK universities for research which is rated as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.

High-quality accommodation

Choose from a wide variety of on-campus halls accommodation within a few minutes walk of all the teaching and social facilities, as well as an off-campus halls option only one mile away.

Career success

The Royal Holloway Careers Service offers job-seeking workshops, careers talks, job fairs and help with finding internships and part-time employment to help accelerate your career.

Progression to Royal Holloway, University of London

DLD College London issues guaranteed conditional offer letters to their students on behalf of Royal Holloway, University of London but students must formally apply through UCAS. Students must successfully complete their International Foundtion Programme at DLD College London, and meet the academic and English requirements to progress. Students must also be verified through UCAS and provide satisfactory personal statements and references. A formal offer letter will provided by Royal Holloway once the application is successfully received through UCAS.