Exam results

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.

Exam Results Helpline

SDS careers advisers will offer exam results help

Didn’t get the results you were expecting?

Call our Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000 to get advice on what to do next. It will open on results day – Tuesday 6 August at 8am.

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

Our helpline is available during the following times:

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

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 it 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

In some areas, Foundation Apprenticeships might also be available for pupils moving into S6. Find out what's available in your school on Apprenticeships.scot

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.   

Modern Apprentice Joe Smith

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.

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.

Heading to 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.

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Getting 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.

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. 

A page has 'Gap' scribbled on it, along with 'Cambodia' and 'Thailand'. A typed page reads 'Gap year? Part-time job?'