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National Qualifications and exam results

You can find useful links and information on SQA national qualifications and exam results here.

The Scottish Government have confirmed that no pupils will sit exams this year due to disruption to young people's studies. You can also read more about the alternative certification model set up for national qualifications in 2021 on the Scottish Qualifications Authority's (SQA) website.

Receiving your qualifications

You will receive your Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC) by post. If you sign up to MySQA and activate your account, you will also receive a text message or email from 8am on results day.

If you haven't received your qualifications by post, text or email, here are some helpful tips from SQA.

Post check if your mail has been delivered. Royal Mail may be later than normal due to the increased volume of mail on results day.

Text message contact your service provider. Your message may be delayed due to the number of text messages being sent that day.

Email check your spam or junk folder. Your email may also be delayed due to the number of emails being sent that day. 

You can also find more frequently asked questions on SQA's website.

Results help and advice

If you aren't sure what your results mean, or how they impact your planned education and career path, help is at hand.

  • call the national results helpline on 0808 100 8000
  • speak to your school and discuss your results and options.

You can find out how you can appeal your results on the Scottish Qualifications Authority's website. Read about the SQA's appeals process for 2021

You might also want to look at other pathways towards your chosen career - check out alternatives paths into your chosen career in the section below.

Note - the national results helpline is open as follows:

  • Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 August - 8am to 8pm
  • Thursday 12 and Friday 13 August - 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 August - 9am to 5pm

Alternative paths into your chosen career

There are many paths towards your chosen career. So, if you no longer want to go to university or your results mean you want to take a different route, speak to your school as soon as you can.


You might want to gain experience of the workplace while also gaining a qualification. Your school's career advisor and the team at Skills Development Scotland can help you find the right apprenticeship for you.

Apprenticeships include:

Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) gain experience and industry insight while still at school over one or two years.

Modern Apprenticeship (MA) learn on the job, get paid and earn a qualification.

Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) learn on the job, get paid and earn a degree.

For more information:

Training and employment

You might want to start working right away. You can find what training opportunities and employability services are available to you from our Invest in Renfrewshire team.

To get in touch:


You might not feel ready to go straight to university. By completing a related college qualification such as an HNC or HND you could move straight into second or third year at university.

Check that your college course allows you to progress into university before you accept it. Not all college courses offer direct progression and it's best to check beforehand. Visit their website or call them and ask. 

For more career advice: