Young Scot have provided some very helpful advice for young people worried ahead of results day. They say:
1) Re-sit your exams
If you didn’t pass this time, there are other opportunities to take the exams again. If you’re in 4th year you’ll be able to complete your National 4s or 5s again in 5th year, and having that extra year’s experience could help you do extra-well the second time round. If you’re in 5th year you can take your Highers again in 6th year, and if you’re about to leave school you can look into retaking some of your Highers at college.
2) Talk to your teacher
Your teacher may be as surprised by your result as you, and will be able to advise you on what next steps might be suited to you. They might recommend resitting the subject, or they might suggest that you focus on another subject area in which they’ve noticed your talent. If your school believes there has been a clerical error with the marking exam they can look into the possibility of referring your case to SQA’s Results Services, but this can only be done in rare cases.
3) Look into University Clearing
If you’d been relying on gaining a certain qualification to meet the conditions of your university offer, all’s not lost if you haven’t got the results you need. Universities offer university places through a process called clearing so you might be able to find a place on a different course or at another uni. You never know, it might even end up working out better than your original choice.
4) Brush up on some new skills
It’s perfectly ok if Maths or English just aren’t the subject for you. Why not have a look outwith school to gain more skills and qualifications that can help you move on in your career or education. Check out what courses are going on at your local college, or have a look online for online courses you could take; first aid, sign language, dressmaking and photography, are just a few excellent courses you could look into.
5) Take a new approach
Our first thought when deciding what to do after school, is often to pick between work or education, but actually you can do both. Modern Apprenticeships are an excellent way to earn a qualification while also working and gaining real industry experience. Plus, you usually don’t need any set exam results or qualifications to apply for a modern apprenticeship.
6) Go your own way
If you’ve got a brilliant idea for your own business, you don’t need to go through years of education or working for other people before launching your own business. There are lots of opportunities available for young people to get funding and trying to start your own business.
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