Duff Miller College was founded in 1952 and is located in the prestigious South Kensington in central London. It emphasises small class sizes and a personal style of teaching, and hosts students from 25 nationalities outside the EU. Many teachers have experience working as examiners and 50% hold a degree from a top 10 university.
Students show similar successes, with alumni found at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and MIT amongst others. Each student is treated individually, with a strong understanding of their personal learning style, strengths and weaknesses which can be used to influence teaching style and lesson content. All students are assigned a personal tutor, and can receive free one-to-one support from teachers at any time during the school day.
Duff Miller provides extra academic and pastoral support to international students and keeps in close contact with parents and guardians to ensure that students are successful and comfortable. Students are assigned to a personal tutor, with weekly meetings to discuss progress, targets and any problems outside academic studies.
At the beginning of term, staff can arrange an airport pickup and help students to settle into their rooms. The first day hosts an introduction and orientation programme for students to get to know the college and surrounding area.
Duff Miller College uses a combination of specialist programmes and one-to-one UCAS advisory sessions in order to prepare students for a successful university application. They currently have a strong record, having successfully sent students to prestigious institutions such as the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, University College London, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Imperial College London. Over 100 students have been successfully placed on medical and dental degrees in the past 5 years.
There are two main accommodation areas providing rooms for a little over 200 students, both close to the colleges. The larger, Princess Beatrice House, is in Earl’s Court just over five minutes away and the smaller, Fulham Palace Studios is in Hammersmith, ten minutes away. The latter consists of new studio apartments, allowing for greater independence for students, while Princess Beatrice House is made up of rooms housing one to three students. All rooms are en suite and fully catered. Both boarding houses are located in a safe area of London, with 24-hour security and reception, as well as live-in boarding supervisors.
Duff Miller can also arrange a homestay with local families, allowing students to experience British culture and language in a more natural setting. All families are located in pleasant residential areas with nearby transport links to the colleges and central London.
Regarded by many as the most prestigious address in London, South Kensington provides a safe and inspiring environment, home to some of the UK’s most famous museums and academic institutions. The college building is located on Queen’s Gate, opposite Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum, and only five minutes’ walk from South Kensington underground station.
This area of central London is the cultural heartland of the capital, with many excellent cafes and restaurants nearby alongside the museums on Exhibition Road. Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament can be reached within 15 minutes being only four stops away on the underground. London City Airport is less than an hour away on the train.
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