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. 

Speak to one of our advisers 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 when there is an adviser available.

My World of Work has lots of help and advice. Get started on your to-do list in your My World of Work account.

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

Information on finance and extra hardship payments for students. 

Financial help

Get the latest 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 that can help. 

Wellbeing support

My World of Work to-do list

By understanding more about your skills, strengths and interests, you'll be able to make more informed decisions.  

We've created a to-do list depending on the year you're in, including if you're leaving school. Get started in your My World of Work account

P7 to S1 tasks on My World of Work.

P7 to S1 tasks on My World of Work.

Explore the site and discover different types of careers

After registering, we’ll take you to your account and help you get started. Your S1 to-do list will lead you through our three core tools.

After completing the tools, you’ll look back on your results and learn more about how they can help.

Your to-do list
Core tool: About me

Discover how your interests and likes can help you make decisions about your future. We’ll use your results to find out which jobs, industries and apprenticeships are most suited to you.

Core tool: Skills

Skills are things you learn which help you do certain tasks. You can learn them through work, study or things you do in your spare time. By learning more about your skills you'll find it easier to write a CV or answer interview questions.

Core tool: Strengths

Strengths are things you’re naturally good at. Discover your strengths and explore careers, subjects or courses that will bring out the best in you.

S2 to S3 tasks on My World of Work.
S4 to S6 tasks on My World of Work.

FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

How do I contact my careers adviser?

One-to-one contact with careers advisers is available online and over the phone. 

If you want to speak someone call 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

You can also use the tools and advice on My World of Work.

I’m worried about my exam results, what should I do?

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), with the support of the education system, is working to ensure that your hard work is rightly and fairly recognised, and will allow you to go on to further learning or work.

The SQA is publishing regular updates on their website outlining the current status in relation to grading for a range of qualifications.

I’m a Foundation Apprentice – will I be able to complete my qualification?

SDS is working with SQA and other awarding bodies to ensure that the effects of disruption are minimised and that wherever possible, you're not negatively impacted in the long term.

SQA are posting frequent updates on their website.

We'll update with further information specific to apprenticeships as soon as this is available.

In the meantime, you should follow school guidance for questions related to work placements, colleges or learning providers.

There’s further information and advice for Foundation Apprentices on Apprenticeships.scot.

Keep up to date

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

Speak to someone

Speak to one of our advisers on 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

You can also use our live chat. The button will appear when there is an adviser available.

Get started on My World of Work

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

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