Getting Your Results - What's Next?

The long awaited envelope or text has arrived and you've opened it. Whatever the results, our advice to you is, don't panic!

"I passed!"

Congratulations! Whether you’re still at school, going off to university or college, going out into the world of work, or are simply undecided about what you want to do next, there are loads of great options available to you. My World of Work can help you decide what to do next by talking you through your options.

"I passed and my results are better than expected"

Great! This can open up lots of new options for you. Check out the UCAS clearing process if you've decided you'd now like to go on to university, or chat through all of your other options by speaking to a Skills Development Scotland adviser on 0808 100 8000.

"I passed, but my results aren't what I hoped for"

We don’t always get the grades we hope for and it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t quite achieve what you expected. There are still a lot of routes you can take if you didn't get the results you hoped for, including applying to university clearing or earning more qualifications at college.

If you disagree with your result and want to appeal it, see the appeals process detailed in the appeals section below. 

Why not check out Skills Development Scotland's website or speak to someone who can talk you through your options? Speak to one of their advisers by calling their results helpline on 0808 100 8000.

"I failed. I don't know what to do"

This happens to us all at some point, but it is not the end of the world. Many people who have failed their exams have actually gone on to have amazing careers. There are loads of things you can do if you've failed your exams, including re-sitting the subject, applying to a different college or uni course or looking into modern apprenticeships.

If you disagree with your result and want to appeal it, see the appeals process detailed in the appeals section below. 

Skills Development Scotland advisers are again on hand to help you understand your next steps!

"I want to appeal my result"

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, results are being worked out differently than usual. You can find out more information in our article about this and other ways COVID-19 is impacting education.

If you're not happy with your results and want to appeal, you can do so directly to the SQA for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results this year. It doesn't cost any money to appeal.

You will be given a result by your teacher or lecturer and they will explain the reasoning behind this, however, if you still want to appeal after this, a free appeals service will be open on the SQA website from Friday 25th June to Thursday 12th August for you to register an appeal directly. If you miss this date, your teacher or lecturer can submit an appeal for you, they will be able to do this until Friday 27th August.

If you are waiting on a result for a university or college place or for an employment or training programme, your appeal will be processed as a priority and you must register that you want to appeal by Thursday 12 August.  If you miss this date, your teacher or lecturer can submit a priority appeal for you until Monday 16 August.

A parent or carer can also submit an appeal for you.

Appeals will be processed after 'Results Day' which is Tuesday 10th August and your original grade may go up, down or remain the same after appeal.

Visit SQA's website for more information about the appeals process in the academic year 2020/2021.

Check out all of our info, advice and handy hints to help you on Results Day and beyond.