Understanding what options your child has can help you support them as they make their decision.
You can find out more about the appeals process on the SQA website.
If your child did not get the results they needed for their chosen course, they could still get a place at college or university through the UCAS Clearing process. The important thing is to make sure your child does not just go for the first thing they come across because it’s available and they have the grades.
Encourage them to consider doing something they enjoy and make sure the courses on offer give them a definite route – if slightly different from first planned – towards their preferred career. They might find it helpful to discuss their thoughts with one of our careers advisers on our Results Helpline. A SDS careers adviser can provide information, advice and guidance to them and you about their next steps.
Resitting exams in sixth year is always an option and having already been through a course, your child will have a very good idea of what’s required. College can also be a good option for resitting Highers if your child is ready to leave school.
It’s a fresh start as well as a useful introduction to more independent study.
Some universities and competitive subjects may prioritise students who are sitting their exams for the first time over those who are resitting when they give out their offers. They should speak with the university directly to find out whether this will be an issue before they decide on this option.
There are now 3 different kinds of apprenticeship in Scotland: Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships. To find out more about each type of apprenticeship, visit Apprenticeships.scot.
A year spent working or travelling can add a great deal to a personal statement or CV. Sometimes it’s not just about getting the grades for a specific course or job. Working can provide a valuable set of practical and soft skills that future employers, colleges and universities will look favourably upon. Find out more about gap years.