Exam results

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

Exam Results Helpline

Our Exam Results Helpline 2017 has now closed.

If you didn't get the results you were expecting, careers adviser Ruth Scott answers some of the most common questions that come up about exam results.

And to help you think about what you'd like to do next, we've outlined some of your options below including:

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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.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprentice Monisha Sandhu

About to start S5? A Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) could be a good option for you. 

No matter if you want to go to college or university, are thinking about a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, or want to go straight to work, a Foundation Apprenticeship can help you get there.

A Foundation Apprenticeship:

  • Is the same level as a Higher. You take is as one of your S5 subject choices and work towards a qualification over one or two years
  • 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
  • Is available in a range of industries including engineering, financial services and digital technology

Interested? Find out what's available in your school on Apprenticeships.scot

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprentice Joe Smith

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 Apprenticeships

Graduate Level Apprentice Bethany Welsh

Have you considered a Graduate Apprenticeship (GA)?

With a GA 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 Apprenticeships are still growing, find out what opportunities are available.

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.

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.