Exam results

No matter what your exam results, we've got the information you need to help with your next steps.

Exam Results Helpline

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Didn't get the results you were expecting and not sure what to do next? Our Exam Results Helpline will open on results day.

Our advisers can give you information on Clearing, resits and appeals. They can also chat to you about other options apart from going to college and university, such as doing a Modern Apprenticeship. 

*Please note that operator charges may apply.

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How to help your child when they receive exam results

Your child might not have the results they hoped for or needed. Here are some practical steps you can take to support them.

College and university

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Still deciding whether college or university is the right option for you?

If you've already applied to university but haven't been accepted, you can still find a place on a course through Clearing. Clearing runs from August to September and you should be able to access it through Track.

Get a job

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You might want to go straight into work. We can help you search for jobs and give you advice on how to apply.


Marta Zalewska Foundation Apprentice

There are now three different kinds of apprenticeship in Scotland: Foundation, Modern and Graduate Level Apprenticeships. What you can do depends on what stage you're at.

Our sister site Apprenticeships.scot has information how to become an apprentice, and what's available for you.

Foundation Apprenticeships

About to start S5? A Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) could be a good option for you. An FA gives you the chance to find out what working life is really like. You'll get real work experience with an employer and spend some time learning at college too. Interested? Find out what's available in your area.

Modern Apprenticeships

Have you thought about a Modern Apprenticeship (MA)? An MA is a great way to earn while you learn and you'll get an industry recognised qualification too. There are over 80 types of MA and they cover lots of different jobs and industries including engineering, construction and jobs in ICT. You can apply for vacancies on Apprenticeships.scot.   

Graduate Level Apprenticeships

Have you considered a Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA)? With a GLA you'll be an employee – similar to a Modern Apprenticeship. But you'll be spending some of your time at university, working towards a degree. And earning a wage at the same time. Graduate Level Apprenticeships are just beginning, find out what opportunities are available.

Gap year

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A year out can give you time to think about what you want to do next. You may decide to travel, get some work experience, volunteer or even try a short course.