Results & Destinations

DLD College London is celebrating the remarkable achievements of its students as the Class of 2023 secure outstanding results.

Commenting on this year’s results, DLD College London Principal, Irfan Latif said: “It is a pleasure to once again celebrate the achievements of our high-performing and diligent students, who are now reaping the benefits of their hard work and determination to excel during their time here at DLD College London. We are very proud.” 

“Developing our students to be the leaders of tomorrow is a core value we build into a DLD education. As such, in addition to academic qualifications and an all-round, holistic education, we place great emphasis on ensuring that every student also receives. high quality training and guidance on career development, learning and organisational skills, research opportunities, and engagement with leaders of industry, business and pioneers in a variety of fields. We very much look forward to hearing about the future successes of our students as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey.”


An impressive 92% of our students got into a university of their choosing, in a year where record numbers of students entered clearing.

We are also pleased to share that 79% of grades were given A*-C, with an overall pass rate of 98%. These are really positive results and represents an improvement on A*-C grades achieved by DLD students comparative to pre-pandemic results in 2019.

Leading the way were Media Studies and Film Studies, with students in each subject achieving 100% A*-B grades this year, a fantastic result for students and department alike. Art and Design at DLD continued to shine with 92% of students achieving grades A*-B, whilst 80% of Geography students achieved A*-B and 100% of Further Mathematic students achieved A*-B grades.

One high-achieving student, Vlad Midoni obtained an excellent A* in Further Mathematics, A in Economics and A in Computer Science. He plans to go on to study Economics at University College London, part of the Russell Group.


GCSE results for 2023 are exceptional for a non-selective school, showing significant increases on 2019’s results when students last sat invigilated examinations.

Students achieved an 84% pass rate with 25% graded 9-7. This represents an increase of 16% on the number of students passing compared to the pre-pandemic results in 2019.

DLD College London Principal, Irfan Latif commented on this year’s GCSE results: “We are incredibly proud of our students for their achievements. This year’s results are highly impressive; the dedication and diligence from our students is evident, in addition to the commitment from our devoted staff.”

“At DLD College London we are committed to delivering a holistic, all-round education, while also ensuring that we help each student to build their confidence within a supportive and inspiring setting. We are assured that our students will continue to grow within themselves and progress academically towards a promising future, with many of them continuing their studies here at DLD.”


Our BTEC Extended Diploma students secured equally impressive results. 100% of Business students and 100% of Media students achieved Distinction or Merit grades.

70% of our Extended Diploma students across both subjects achieved the A level equivalent of AAA grades and 60% achieved the A level equivalent of A*A*A – A*AA grades.


BTEC Certificate students have secured a 100% pass rate, including 33% of grades awarded at Distinction star (D*) and 83% of grades at Distinction or above.


IFP students achieved an impressive 100% pass rate, with almost a third achieving a Distinction and 39% of those offered a place at a Russell Group university.

A total of 61 IFP students completed the DLD International Foundation Programme.

A selection of university destinations for these students are shown below.

IFP Pathway Destination
Advanced Maths & Economics Kings College London
Art & Design Istituto Marangoni
Business & Economics City University
Business & Economics City University
Business & Economics City University
Business & Economics City University
Business & Economics Durham University
Business & Economics Royal Holloway
Business & Economics University of Southampton
Computer Science Queen Mary University
Computer Science Queen Mary University
Engineering King’s College London
Engineering Royal Holloway
Engineering University of Southampton
Fashion Management  Istituto Marangoni
Social Sciences European University

Celestine Cawley, Head of IFP & Housemistress (Jubilee)

University Progression

DLD is proud to have an extremely high entry rate to universities each year, placing students at prestigious institutions in an incredibly wide range of disciplines. This year is no exception with places at universities including St Andrews, Exeter, Warwick, LSE, King’s College London, Imperial and UCL, plus the University of Southern California and University of Richmond in the USA.

Our University Admissions Tutor system ensures that applicants are known well by their academic referees and closely supported and advised by their UATs, who guide them in making appropriate choices of course and institution.

Universities in London are strongly favoured by DLD students, who clearly enjoy the hectic life of the capital with all it has to offer. However, many students – both domestic and international – accept offers to study at reputable metropolitan and provincial universities outside London.

Each September, DLD College hosts an Autumn University Fair in the building with up to 30 providers represented. This allows students to meet representatives from a range of higher education institutions. Students are also encouraged to attend university open days to see for themselves what individual providers have to offer.

The most popular university destinations for DLD students in 2023 were:

Leading DLD University Destinations 2023
Provider No Students
City University London 17
Queen Mary University 10
Royal Holloway University 8
University of the Arts London 8
University of Westminster 7
King’s College London 5
Oxford Brookes University 4
Instituto Marangoni 4
University of Greenwich 4
University of Manchester 4

32% of A Level students went on to study at the prestigious Russell Group universities, with 19% attending a top 20 ranked university in the UK.

Preliminary destinations for some of our students are as follows:


Student   Grades  University   Subject 
I-Ying A*A*AA Imperial College London Biomedical Technology Ventures
Guzal A*AAA International Social and Political Studies
Sameeha A*A*A* University of Bath International Management
Vlad A*AA UCL Economics
Alena A*AA Law
Giovanna A*A*B University of Warwick Politics and International Studies
Ryan A*A*B University of Cambridge Engineering
Alina A*AB University of Manchester Management
Ameile A*AB City University Law
Anna A*AB University of the Arts London Fashion Buying and Merchandising
Kathleen AAB UCL Sociology
Soroush AAB City University Finance


Student Grades University Subject
Arnav D*D*D (equiv to A*A*A) University of Exeter Business and Management with Industrial Experience
Akram  D*DD (equiv to A*AA) Royal Holloway University London Business and Management
Ishaan  D*DD (equiv to A*AA) University of Nottingham Management
Lily D*DD (equiv to A*AA) Oxford Brookes University Events Management


IFP Pathway Destination
Advanced Maths & Economics City, University of London, Banking and International Finance
Advanced Maths & Economics City, University of London, Investment and Financial Risk Management
Advanced Maths & Economics Durham University, Economics with Management
Advanced Maths & Economics Kings College London, International Development
Art & Design Kingston University, Fine Art
Art & Design Kingston University, Fine Art
Art & Design University of Southampton, Fine Art
Business & Economics City University of London, Business Management
Business & Economics City University of London, Business Management
Business & Economics City University of London, Business Management
Business & Economics City University of London, Business Management
Business & Economics City University of London, Finance
Business & Economics Glion University, Switzerland
Business & Economics Queen Mary University, Business Management
Business & Economics University of East London, Educational Studies
Computer Science Kings College London, Computer Science with Management
Financial Technology Queen Mary University, Computer Science
Social Science City University of London, International Politics
Social Science University of the Arts London, Contemporary Media Cultures


Students are encouraged to attend Open Days. Applications are made online. Students applying to drama school have coaching in preparation for their auditions. Those applying to art school are given guidance with their Portfolio and choice of Foundation course. View the UCAS Site UCAS Applications


We provide a comprehensive programme of advice and tuition for those students we think have a chance of being offered an Oxbridge place i.e. a minimum of 6 A*/A grades at GCSE. Lower Sixth students participate in the Oxbridge Entrance Programme in the last week of June.

This includes:

  • Visits to Oxford and Cambridge
  • Lectures from Oxbridge Admissions Tutors
  • Seminars in Critical Thinking
  • Mock interviews are also held

Following AS results, if the application still looks strong, Oxbridge candidates follow an intensive course, which comprises lectures on a range of cultural and scientific topics, seminars to develop analytical skills, and mock interviews followed by an evaluation of the student’s performance.


Students wishing to apply to university in the United States will be required to take SAT examinations. Tuition for these exams is organised by the college. For more information please contact Daniel Woodley.


During the Lower Sixth year students are encouraged to arrange essential work experience and also to visit schools of medicine, veterinary science or dentistry to find out more about the structure and content of the courses offered. Prospective medical students participate in the Careers Week Medicine and Dentistry Programme. Depending on AS results, at the beginning of Upper Sixth the student’s electronic application will be submitted to UCAS before the deadline of October 15th. BMAT tuition is offered in the Autumn Term. Applicants also attend a programme of weekly seminars on medical ethics. Each applicant has three mock interviews.