This section details:

- Examinations information for students in Scotland

- Applications information for students applying to university in Scotland, including UCAS and clearing

- Applying for student finance in Scotland.

If you’re looking for information for students in one of the other UK nations or applying to another UK nation for university, please go here for more information.

Results were issued to individual learners on 4th of August. These were based on information provided by schools and colleges to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

On the 11th of August the Scottish government announced that all results that were downgraded from the original estimates will be withdrawn and replaced by the original school and college estimate.

The estimates provided by schools and colleges will be the grades each student is awarded. It is based on teachers’ overall judgement and other student information, such as any units and coursework that a student had completed, as well as prior exam results, where available. These estimates were then moderated by SQA, which resulted in some results being downgraded.

The SQA is being asked to issue fresh certificates and for UCAS to be informed so students' university applications can be processed.

You will find the latest information on the SQA website.

The reasons for appealing grades for qualifications in Scotland has now been set out for schools and colleges. A school or college can submit an appeal on three grounds:

  1. If there has been an administrative error when they submitted their predicted grades.
  2. If a school or college believes that an individual student’s estimate was based on discrimination or other conduct that may be considered discriminatory.
  3. If a school or college believes there has been an error with the SQA’s internal processes for confirming results to centres after the 11th of August.

If you are a student and think you have grounds to appeal, speak to your school or college as a first step and seek their advice. Priority in appealing will be given to candidates who need to confirm a university or college place. Outcomes to appeals will be given by the 4th of September.

More information can be found on the SQA website.

After Results

UCAS Track opens at 8am on Thursday 13th August.

If you received the results you needed, well done!

If, however, you did not get the grades you needed, or if you have changed your mind, there are options available to you.


You will be able to see if you are in clearing on your Track account. You will need to talk to your school or college adviser who can help with clearing options.

You can find out about Clearing and Clearing Plus here.

It may also be worth considering other options, such as Foundation Level Degrees, Higher National Diplomas or Higher National Certificates.

Examinations in the Autumn

There will be an Autumn Exam series, for student who were either unable to secure a calculated grade in the summer, or who want to try to improve their grade. It is worth remembering that you may not be able to start university this year

You can find out more about appeals and the Autumn exam series here


You may want to consider an Apprenticeships; you can do an apprenticeship up to degree level. For more information look here and here, but, remember, as with any job, you will need to apply and go through an interview process. Make sure you research this option thoroughly.

Work and gap year options

You may want to find employment this year, and apply again next year. This can enhance your personal statement and your transferable skills. However, in the current climate, it is worth remembering that there are fewer jobs and more applicants than there were previously.

You may want to take a gap year. Again, you need to research this thoroughly, as there may well be travel limitations.

You should check the following details have been made clear to you before confirmation and clearing in August:

  • how much of a course is proposed to be delivered online or face-to-face, or a mix of both, if the balance between, lectures, seminars and self-learning has changed or if placements are affected.
  • what support there will be in place for students to access any online learning
  • any changes that may occur due public health guidance, such as changes to social distancing, and implications for provision, such as being unable to attend lectures at certain times or having to change living arrangements in student accommodation
  • the terms and conditions for your course which should be clear
  • how to access a clear and fair complaints process for the university or college
  • if you’re not applying for a course in Scotland: cost of the course, including making clear if any discounts have been offered for the year in which adjustments will be made, and if the cost will increase to a ‘normal’ level thereafter. This doesn’t apply to students who are living in Scotland and who are applying to a Scottish university as they do not pay tuition fees.

If you feel that you have not received the information you need from your university or college, you can:

The Office for Students, the regulator in England, has published information on consumer rights. This guidance applies only to universities and colleges in England and gives advice on what things you should expect to be clear from university and colleges in England. For more information see the Office for Students' Frequently Asked Questions.

For the most up to date information on applying to a university or college in Scotland, go to the Scotland Student Information website.

New enhanced clearing process for admissions: There will be an enhanced clearing process for admissions for 2020, called Clearing Plus, which will match students to universities and opportunities based on their achievements and course interests. If you exceed your predicted grades, Clearing Plus can suggest alternative courses with higher entry requirements. This is to help you to have more options. You will also have the opportunity to change your choice of provider/course, even if you are ‘placed’ at a provider and after you receive your grades.

Clearing 2020: Clearing for 2020 will open on the 6th of July.

  • All applications must be submitted to UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on Monday the 21st of September. This is the final deadline for all courses with 2020 entry.
  • You must have added any Clearing choices in addition to any other uni and college applications in Track on UCAS by the 20th of October.

For up to date information on UCAS deadlines, see the UCAS website.

The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) is advising that students can submit their applications to them for 2020/21 from 1 April 2020.

SAAS is recommending students follow their social media channels for the latest updates. You can find the details and the latest information on its website and FAQs.

The Student Loan Company have now announced measures for students who cannot currently attend their course in person. Students will receive their Maintenance Loan as intended at the start of the summer term regardless of a provider's teaching arrangements. Students will also be eligible for finance if they cannot be in the UK for their first term as long as they meet all other criteria for student finance. For more information on student finance, see the Student Loans Company Guidance.

The new Student Information Scotland website is providing up to date information to students across both Further and Higher Education (FE & HE). It includes links into College and University websites, which will continue to provide specific information relevant to students studying at each of these individual institutions.

You can also find information and FAQs for students on the Scottish Funding Council website.

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