Thousands of young people can access dedicated exam results support when Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Exam Results Helpline opens on Tuesday 6 August.

The free helpline from Scotland’s careers service offers advice information and guidance for young people and their parents from 8am on results day.

Christina McKelvie, MSP Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, says: “Results for 135,000 candidates across the country will be receiving results of National, Higher and Advanced Higher results.

“It’s a day for young people to feel a mix of anxiety and anticipation until the post arrives. What happens then can be anything from wretched disappointment to delight and cheer.

“The helpline provides support to everyone right across the scale so if your results aren’t everything you’d hoped for, don’t feel defeated. There are lots of alternative ways forward”.

James Russell, SDS Director of Career Information, Advice and Guidance Operations, said: “Our careers advisers are here to help you and your parents and carers with information on all the options and opportunities on offer”.

The dedicated SDS Exam Results Helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August, and from 9am to 5pm weekdays from Thursday 8 until Wednesday 14 August.

The number to call is 0808 100 8000

 SDS careers advisers are at the end of the phone to help young people and their parents and carers.

The skilled professionals have unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Modern, Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships and jobs or volunteering.

James added: “This year we’ll also have advisers available through social media to answer queries if you find it easier to get in touch via direct messaging.

“If you’d like to talk face-to-face, our careers advisers are available year-round in every state secondary school in Scotland and at SDS’s network of careers centres across the country.”

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