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MORE than 140,000 pupils will receive their exam results next week.
Candidates who have taken Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) accredited examinations, courses, and awards will receive their results on Tuesday August , writes reporter David McPhee.
Results will be sent by post and in addition to their postal delivery, more than 50,000 candidates with active MySQA accounts will also receive their results by text message and/or email on the same day from 8am.
A free helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents will be available.
The helpline, set up by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), will be open from 8am to 8pm on August 9 and 10 and from 9am until 5pm up until August 17. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.
SDS operations director, Danny Logue, said: ‘Some people might not get the results they hoped for or may have done better than they anticipated.
‘It is vital that young people and their parents don’t panic. The Helpline is there to give support and information about all the different options young people can consider.’
Chairwoman of the National Parent Forum of Scotland, Joanna Murphy, said: ‘I know from my own experiences that the SDS Exam Results Helpline is a real life line.
‘It offers young people the chance to talk to someone who is impartial, which helps you to step back and take stock.
‘One of my daughters didn’t do as well as expected in her fifth year and was devastated, but after talking to the careers advisers at the Helpline she realised she had so many options available to her.
‘It takes some of the heat out of the emotion of the day and reminds young people no matter the results, there is always a next step.’
Help and advice is also available from careers advisers at SDS centres and details of local centres are available at www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk.