D&T GCSE Results 2017

Published 24th August 2017

The GCSE results for the 2017 entry were published today, 24th August 2017. The results for all examinations taken in the UK can be found on the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) website.

The Design and Technology Association congratulates all those students who have received their results today and particularly those who have been successful in achieving a GCSE design and technology (D&T). Achieving success at this level is very challenging and we know how much hard work students put in to be successful. We also know how hard D&T teachers will have worked to enable these results and they are a credit to the profession. 

The overall A*- C performance has remained constant for the last seven years at 61% with the entry made up of 40% female and 60% males.

Design and Technology offers young people a great blend of creative and technical skills. We know that many students will now progress onto further study in design and technology and other related areas. The subject provides a great platform for those interested in careers and apprenticeships in for example engineering, manufacturing, architecture, design and a range of creative and digital industries.

We remain concerned that design and technology is not part of the Government’s EBacc and that, in some schools, this had meant a reduction in the subject choices open to young people post-14. We will continue to work with DfE and Ofsted and other key stakeholders to ensure that all young people have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Next year will be the last time students will be entered for these GCSE D&T examination courses and be awarded A* to E grades. From September 2017, a new single title GCSE design and technology is being taught, with first examination in summer 2019. Grades will be awarded using the new 1 to 9.  

The D&T Association will shortly be making available free to its members, a breakdown and analysis of the national results.  

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