Exam results advice

Pupils across Scotland are due to receive their exam results on Tuesday 8 August 2023.

If you have signed up and activated your personal account with the SQA, you can choose to receive your results by text and/or email via the MySQA website.

If you need help to understand your choices, we've listed a number of ways you can access support and advice.

Dumfries and Galloway SQA Results Day

Hundreds of young people across Dumfries and Galloway received results for their Nationals, Highers, Advanced Highers, National Progression Awards, Skills for Work Awards, National Certificates and Awards.

Overall, this year at National 3 and 4 levels, there has been a slight improvement in the numbers of passes. At National 5 level it is encouraging to note that results are now broadly in-line with pre-Covid levels. At Higher level, whilst recovery is continuing, results are still showing a level of impact from the pandemic mitigations on teaching and learning, with results for 5+ Highers slightly down on last year's results by 1.21% and by 1.25 % on pre-Covid results.

Congratulations to all the young people across Dumfries & Galloway for their hard work and success in their SQA examinations.  

Supporting Young People with SQA Results 

Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) Results Helpline will be available to offer information, advice and guidance to young people and parents and carers. The SDS Results Helpline number is 0808 100 8000. This helpline goes live at 8am on results day, Tuesday 8 August and is open until Friday 11 August 2023. Young people and parents and carers can talk to SDS's expert careers advisers about course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Foundation, Modern, and Graduate Apprenticeships, jobs volunteering, or staying on at school.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

SDS provides detailed advice and support to help young people and their parents and carers, including information on:

  • course vacancies at UK colleges and universities
  • confirmation and clearing
  • foundation, modern and graduate apprenticeships and jobs
  • volunteering or staying on at school.

SDS results helpline: 0808 100 8000

The SDS Results Helpline goes live at 8am on results day, Tuesday 8 August. To speak to an expert adviser, phone 0808 100 8000.

If you'd prefer to speak to someone in person, you can visit an SDS centre to speak to an adviser about your results and next steps. Find your nearest one on the My World of Work website 

If you can't use a phone and need a different way to contact SDS, you can send them a direct message on Facebook. This may help if you:

  • are deaf, or have hearing loss
  • use British Sign Language (BSL)
  • have a speech, language or communication need
  • have difficulty using the telephone.

BSL users can also use Contact Scotland BSL. You can use their app to sign with an interpreter who will make the phone call for you or visit their website for more information.


Your school can also offer support direct.  Get in touch with your school as soon as possible if you feel that you may need to change a course or level.


Students can also access Skills Development Scotland's Facebook page which has answers to common problems as well as:

  • help on making the best career moves
  • practical tools and links to other relevant bodies such as UCAS, SAAS, Young Scot and the SQA.

My World of Work website

There is also a wealth of post-results information on the Skills Development Scotland My World of Work website. It's packed with advice, information and resources for both young people and their parents and carers.

Page last updated: 08/08/2023
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