Three per cent increase in the number of Scots securing a place at Scottish universities

The number of Scottish-domiciled applicants securing a higher education place at one of Scotland’s universities has increased by three per cent in 2015 compared to the same time last year, with 24,000 placed applicants on Higher results day [Tuesday 4 August].

Responding to today’s SQA exam results, Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:

“We are delighted to see such high levels of achievement from pupils across Scotland in their Higher results and to see the number of Scots accepted into our universities increase again this year. Pupils, teachers and parents can all take pride in this strong performance in what is a great day for Scottish education.

“For those whose exam results are not what they expected, whether because they missed out on grades or did better than expected, there is still the possibility of entry to university this year through clearing. Clearing is open for Scots from 10.00 am today, Tuesday 4 August.”



  • Clearing will be open from 10.00 am today (Tuesday 4 August) for Scottish-domiciled learners. Clearing vacancies are available to view on the UCAS website from 6.00 pm on Monday 3 August:
  • UCAS Table BX.11 shows the number of placed applicants at Scottish higher education institutions on Higher results day 2015:
  • The Exams Results Helpline can be called by pupils whose exams results were different from what they had expected. The number is 0808 100 8000
  • Scottish Government funded places for Scottish and EU-domiciled students are protected and can only be offered to Scottish or EU-domiciled applicants.
  • Following changes to university funding arrangements in England and Wales in 2010, the Scottish Government responded by enabling Scottish universities to charge tuition fees of up to £9,000 per annum for rest of UK (RUK) students. Places for RUK students at Scotland’s universities are separate to Scottish Government funded places for Scottish and EU-domiciled students.