Here you’ll find updates from the Scottish Government and information from SQA (the examinations regulator) about how grades will be awarded this year, and any updates to the results and appeals process

Applying to university in Scotland in 2021?

You can find all the information you need around how Coronavirus may impact your application below. 

How will grades be awarded in 2021?

National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher exams have been cancelled.

Results will be awarded as teacher estimated grades based on several pieces of evidence (e.g. a class test or controlled conditions coursework), and a quality assurance process overseen by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

When is results day?

Tuesday 10 August – National 5s, Highers, Advanced Highers results day

Appeals process

Further information about the 2021 appeals service will be available following consultation, and we will update this page when the appeals process is finalised. 


The Scottish Government (SG) has been developing a new student website – It's currently a beta site, but offers a range of financial information to both further and higher education students.

It includes a budget calculator and a funding checker, which tells you how much you could potentially need, and gives an estimate on how much you could potentially receive.

The Student Awards Agency Scotland will endeavour to continue to fund students on time, and you will be kept updated throughout. The Further and Higher Education Minister is working closely with the Scottish Funding Council, college and university principals and unions.

Universities are working very closely with the Scottish Qualifications Authority, schools, Government, and others to make this work. We want to ensure that even in these extraordinary circumstances, students are able to demonstrate their abilities and progress to higher education.

More information

Read more from SQA about the revised model for delivering National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results in 2021 here.

Read about the ‘alternative certification model’ here.

Attending a UCAS event?

You can attend a virtual open day to find out more about unis, or chat to current students with Unibuddy. 

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