Your Results FAQs Answered

This year, there have been big changes to the way we do a lot of things because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Getting your results is no different and naturally, you probably have a lot of questions. We've got the answers to some of the big ones below.

How are my grades decided?

The grade you are awarded will be decided based on a few different things.

Your teacher or lecturer will have sent an estimated grade to SQA based on all the work you have done across the year. SQA will then use this grade as well as any results you may have achieved in previous years, to produce your 2020 results.

How will I get my results?

You will receive your results by post on 4th August 2020.

If you have signed up to MySQA, your results will also arrive by text/email from 8am. The registration for this is now closed for this year and will re-open on 5th August.

What if I'm not happy with my results?

There is a free appeals process that you can use if the grade that you are awarded is lower than the estimated grade submitted by your school or college.

If you want to do this, speak to your school or college first as they will have to submit the appeal to SQA. 

If you are appealing because you need a result to secure a conditional place at college or university, there is a priority review system in place. Ask your school to submit a priority appeal.

Some key dates for submitting:

  • Appeals service opens on 4th August
  • 14th August for those wishing to confirm a college/university place
  • 21st August for all other appeals

If you didn’t get the results you expected, you can also speak to a Skills Development Scotland advisor about your options. Whether that be college or university, taking on an apprenticeshipgetting work experience or going straight into employment

Their helpline will be open on the following weekdays: 

  • 4th - 5th August, 8am - 8pm 
  • 6th - 7th August, 9am - 5pm 
  • 10th - 12th August, 9am - 5pm 

Can I contact SQA if I'm not happy with my grades?

Only your school or college can request a review of your grade. SQA will not accept requests from candidates, parents or carers. If you are not happy about your grade, speak to your school or college.

You can speak to someone at SQA if you have any other questions or are confused at all about your results.

How do I go through clearing?

If you haven't accepted any offers for university or college, you can use Clearing to find a course that's right for you. Universities and colleges use it to fill any places they still have on their courses. 

It is open between 6th July and 20th October and you can sign in to UCAS to use the service.

The UCAS search function will help you look for a course that has a space you want to apply for.

You can use Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30th June
  • you didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
  • you've paid the multiple-choice application fee of £25
  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in Track

UCAS has more information you will need about what clearing is and what you need to do to apply for a course through it.

You can read about other ways that COVID-19 is impacting education in our article.

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