Universities welcome SQA exam results

Universities Scotland has welcomed the publication of SQA exam results across Scotland.

Today, statistical data released by UCAS show that as of 9 August:

  • 60.1% of Scottish students gained a place at their firm choice university, up from the pre-pandemic level of 57.5% in 2019. This is a new record.
  • 29,630 students have accepted a place to study in Scotland – an increase of 1,740 on pre-pandemic 2019 (at the same point in the cycle).
  • 2,110 young people from the 20 % most deprived areas of Scotland (SIMD20) have accepted a place to go to university in 2022, an increase of 25% from 2019 (at the same point in the cycle. Young is defined as 19 years of age and under).

The data will change daily for the next few weeks, as more places are accepted and students make use of the clearing system. Thousands more applicants are expected to be processed.

Commenting on the SQA results day and the pattern of demand for university, Director of Universities Scotland, Alastair Sim said:

“Congratulations to all those who received their results today. Regardless of what results you achieved, please take a moment to be proud of yourself and your journey to this moment.

“Demand for university remains very strong from Scottish-domiciled applicants as well as from the rest of the UK and internationally. It’s pleasing to see a record number of Scottish students gaining a place at their chosen university.

“It is especially welcome to see our commitment to widening access coming to fruition. We know the pandemic was more challenging for those with the least resources, so to see a 25% rise in the number of young Scots from disadvantaged backgrounds getting into university since pre-pandemic times. The increase in pass rates at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher and the gap in attainment being reduced is welcome progress that will be essential if universities are to continue to meet their targets on widening access.

“Students starting next month should be excited for all the opportunities that are offered at universities. Going to university is a special experience and we wish you all the very best.”

Result holders can make use of a dedicated Skills Development Scotland helpline: 0808 100 8000. It is open now to assist anyone who may need help with their options and next steps. It will be staffed by over 50 expert careers advisers and will be taking calls for over a week.