SQA

 

Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie has today welcomed improved results from the SQA examinations.

These show the second highest number of Highers on record with a further increase in the number of vocational qualifications achieved.

The figures released show that Scotland’s students achieved 152,701 Higher passes – the second time this figure has exceeded over 150,000.

Advanced Higher qualifications have also increased to a record level – up 3 per cent to 19,443.

There is an impressive 27 percent increase in the number of students taking and passing vocational qualifications related to wider life and work skills.

These types of courses include qualifications in early education and childcare, computer games development and leadership skills.

Commenting on the result, Christina said:

“These results are a testament to our young people in Scotland and the immense amount of work they have put in over the past year.

“The results speak for themselves with the second highest number of Higher results ever achieved and the highest ever record of those achieving Advanced Higher.

“What’s more, the 27 qualification increase in vocational courses shows the changing nature of Scotland’s education system.

The Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce programme complements this changing nature.

The programme gives our young people more choice and flexibility in their courses, giving them a greater skill set as they prepare to enter the world of work.

The Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce programme complements this changing nature.

The programme gives our young people more choice and flexibility in their courses, giving them a greater skill set as they prepare to enter the world of work.

“I congratulate all the young people who have achieved the results they wanted; they should certainly enjoy their hard-earned success.

“I also want to reassure those young people whose results weren’t quite what they hoped.

This isn’t the end for you and there are plenty of options with help readily available.

“It may be disappointing but what may seem like a setback can lead to greater and better things in the future."

The Scottish Government is here every step of the way as you journey through your next positive steps.”

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a free helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents which will be open from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and from 9am to 5pm until 17 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000

Students can also get help locally for details of local centre locations and opening hours, visitwww.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk