Support for secondary pupils and school leavers

We understand this is an uncertain time due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We’re still here to support you, even though you’re not in school. 

Whether you’re waiting on exam results or have no idea where to start or what to do next – our advisers can help you weigh up your options. Some of the things they can help with are:

  • Discussing your options and possible next steps
  • CVs and job applications
  • College and university applications
  • Interview preparation

Speak to an adviser by calling 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. You can also use our live chat. The button will appear at the side of the page when there's an adviser available.

We also have lots of help and advice here on My World of Work. Get started on your to-do list in your My World of Work account and find more information on this page.

Get all the latest information from SQA including how you'll get your results. 

SQA exam help

Updates from UCAS including what this means for your application. 

UCAS application advice

Advice on applying for courses including how to write your college personal statement. 

Applying for courses

Information on finance and extra hardship payments for students. 

Financial help

Get the latest information whether you’re a Foundation Apprentice or interested in becoming an apprentice.

Apprenticeship FAQs

Attend virtual college and university open days. 

UCAS open days

We've pulled together a list of organisations and information to support you. 

Wellbeing support

Looking for a summer job or full-time work after leaving school? Tips including CV and video interview advice. 

Job advice

Volunteering can be a good way to develop your skills. Find out more and search for opportunities.


Leaving school?

We've hosted the first webinar in our CareerJam series to help you as you make decisions about your future. 

In the video, find out how your careers adviser can help you. You'll find advice on:

  • Coping with your feelings and emotions
  • Taking positives from the current situation
  • How career management skills can help you 
  • Positive actions you can take
  • Looking to the future

These are recordings of the live event so you won't be able to ask any questions. If you do want to speak someone you can call our helpline on 0800 917 8000.

You can also watch more webinar topics on our school leaver webinars page.

Watch more

Keep up to date

We've pulled together some useful sources of information to help during this time:

Speak to someone

Speak to a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) adviser on 0800 917 8000.

We can help, whether you're worried about exam results or your next steps after leaving school.

You can also use our live chat. The button will appear at the side of the page when there's an adviser available.

Get started on My World of Work

It's never too early to start thinking about your career. 

We can help you create your first CV and write your college or university personal statement. 

Get started with your to-do list in your My World of Work account.