With little under three weeks to go until the whole of Scotland receives their exam results, students are being told not to panic and to explore all options.
More than 147,000 pupils in Scotland including Mearns, Mackie and Portlethen Academy will receive their Higher and National 4 and 5 qualification results on Tuesday August 4.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a free helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents, whether their results are not what they had hoped or better than anticipated.
The helpline, now in its 23rd year, will be open from 8am until 8pm on August 4 and 5 and from 9am until 5pm daily until August 12. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.
SDS advisers will be on hand to offer callers unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at college and universities across the UK, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Modern Apprenticeships, employment and training opportunities.
There is also post-results information for pupils and parents on SDS’s My World of Work web service. Students can also access help, advice and support via SDS’s Facebook page which has practical help and links to UCAS, SAAS, Young Scot and the SQA.
SDS Operations Director Danny Logue said: “This can be a difficult time for some young people and their parents, but our advice is not to panic because there are lots of options they can consider. They can find out more by calling our Helpline advisers. Getting information about the choices that are available can make decisions about their next steps much clearer.”