SQA examination announcement; Universities Scotland comments

Following the announcement from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) about their plans to provide detail about their alternative certification model for 2020, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland said:

“Universities want to take the opportunity to reassure pupils studying for Highers and Advanced Highers that this may not be a normal year but we will value your exam results, from SQA, in the same way that we would in any other year.

“We have been working closely with SQA, as the qualifications body, since early March and we are confident that the alternative assessment will be a robust reflection of school leavers’ achievement and ability. Pupils should not worry unduly and take confidence in knowing that universities will be flexible when it comes to their application.

“We welcome confirmation that Higher results day will be 4 August this year. That comes before A-level results day, as it would normally, which offers Scottish-domiciled applicants and university staff the best possible set of circumstances to manage admissions effectively.

“Universities have reached out to offer holders to offer as much information and reassurance as possible and many are holding virtual applicant and offer-holder days for soon-to-be school leavers. Universities are here to answer any questions you may have and we encourage you to get in touch with the institutions you have applied to, if you need more information.”