Exam Results Helpline

Your results arrive on Tuesday 6 August – and no matter what happens, we have the information you need. Whether you’re looking at an apprenticeship, getting a job or going to college or university we’re here to help with your next steps.

Speak to an adviser

Please note: The Exam Results Helpline is now closed.

Didn’t get the results you were expecting?

Our Exam Results Helpline provides advice on what to do next. 

The free helpline* from Scotland’s careers service offers advice, information and support when you're not sure what your options are.

Our helplines are open on the following weekdays:

Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August, 8am-8pm
Thursday 8 to Wednesday 14 August, 9am-5pm

*Please note that operator charges may apply.

What comes next?

If your results weren’t what you expected, Pauline Graham from the Exam Results Helpline has answered some of the most common questions that come up.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Going into S5 or S6? A Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) could be a good option for you. 

No matter whether you're thinking about going to college or university, considering a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, or want to go straight to work, a Foundation Apprenticeship can help you get there.

A Foundation Apprenticeship:

  • Is at the same level as a Higher. You choose it as one of your S5 or S6 subjects and work towards a qualification over one or two years. You develop skills as you learn and there’s no final exam*
  • Gives you the chance to find out what working life is really like. You'll get workplace experience and spend some time learning at college too
  • Is available in a range of industries with jobs in demand, including, food science, finance and digital technology

There’s still time to apply. Find out what's available in your school and apply online on Apprenticeships.scot

*Accountancy includes an exam as part of the Foundation Apprenticeship

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 Apprenticeships

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.

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 or university

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.

Getting a job

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

Taking a gap year

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.