College celebrates successful GCSE retake results

Dudley College of Technology is celebrating another successful year of helping hundreds of learners to secure successful grades in their GCSE resits (grade 9-4 / as was A* -C),  with 49% of learners achieving these grades in mathematics, and 67% in English. This year saw all subjects assessed under the new examination system which sees all results grade on a scale of 9 -1 with grade 4 being equivalent to the grade C which is traditionally seen as a pass.

Commenting on the achievements College Principal of Dudley College of Technology Neil Thomas said: “With  the exception of a few adult learners sitting exams for the first time the majority of these learners had failed to gain a grade C/4 or above whilst at school. So I’m pleased that even when faced with the new tougher examinations many of our learners are continuing to achieve a pass or higher grade they need in these key subjects.

“What’s really amazing is that the majority of these students left school without their GCSE mathematics or English, but within a year of starting college they’ve secured a grade 4 or above, alongside their vocational studies.

Commenting further on the performance he added:

“We had over 600 students completing GCSEs at the college this year with hundreds more studying over two years due to complete next year. This shows Further Education Colleges play a critical role in helping people achieve where they may have first failed.”

Adam Smith
One such student was Adam Smith (aged 19) who achieved a grade 4 in English on his third attempt. Adam who is autistic and struggled with this subject at school was delighted to have achieved the pass grade he needed. Punching the air in delight he said: “Finally I’ve got it – I knew how important it was to have a good grade in this subject so I just kept going. I’m so relieved.”

Alan Bastable

Mature student Alan Bastable (aged 25) recognised that if he wanted to progress in his career options and secure promotion is underachievement in English was holding him back, so he returned to college and in just under a year of studies obtained a grade 5 in English. Commenting on his success he said: “ I could see my CV was being passed over when trying to advance in the workplace – so I did something about it and came back to college. I’m really pleased I did, I’m determined this will help me move forward.”

June Wilson-Smith

By way of contrast grandmother June Wilson-Smith (aged 55), came back into education to keep her brain active. Achieving a grade7 in English she said: “It’s been a long while since I did any studying and took an exam, but I genuinely enjoyed it and found the staff and fellow students really supportive.”

(l-r) Elodie Dudfield and Catherine Massey
Friends Catherine Massey (aged 17) and Elodie Dudfield (aged 17) were delighted when they managed to pass their GCSE in English too  with Catherine obtaining a grade 6 and Elodie a 4. Both of them had been studying for their GCSE alongside a full-time vocational qualification at the college with Catherine  now progressing to Apprenticeship and Elodie to the second year of her Science course at the college.

Anyone wishing to find out more about how they can improve their own English and mathematics skills can call 01384 363221 or visit