This section details:
- Examinations information for students in Scotland
- Applications information for students applying to university in Scotland, including UCAS and clearing
- Applying for student finance in Scotland.
If you’re looking for information for students in one of the other UK nations or applying to another UK nation for university, please go here for more information.
Schools and colleges have now provided the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), who issue qualifications in Scotland, with their estimates of the grades, bands and rank order for each learner, for each course at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. This will be based on teachers’ overall judgement based on all activity across the year, such as any units and coursework that are completed, as well as prior attainment information, where available.
Results will be issued to individual learners by the 4th of August. SQA is strongly encouraging all learners to sign-up to MySQA, the online and text service, as a direct way to receive their results.
After 4 August, a free appeals service will be available to schools and colleges, to allow them to request a review of the grade awarded for a learner or a group of learners
You will find the latest information on the SQA website.
Applications and Admissions
You should check the following details have been made clear to you before confirmation and clearing in August:
- how much of a course is proposed to be delivered online or face-to-face, or a mix of both, if the balance between, lectures, seminars and self-learning has changed or if placements are affected.
- what support there will be in place for students to access any online learning
- any changes that may occur due public health guidance, such as changes to social distancing, and implications for provision, such as being unable to attend lectures at certain times or having to change living arrangements in student accommodation
- the terms and conditions for your course which should be clear
- how to access a clear and fair complaints process for the university or college
- if you’re not applying in Scotland: cost of the course, including making clear if any discounts have been offered for the year in which adjustments will be made, and if the cost will increase to a ‘normal’ level thereafter. This doesn’t apply to students who are living in Scotland and who are applying to a Scottish university as they do not pay tuition fees.
If you feel that you have not received the information you need from your university or college, you can:
- Complain to your university or college.
- Check the guidance provided by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
- You can also see if you can make a complaint through the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
The Office for Students, the regulator in England, has published information on consumer rights. This guidance applies only to universities and colleges in England and gives advice on what things you should expect to be clear from university and colleges in England. For more information see the Office for Students' Frequently Asked Questions.
UCAS has extended the deadline for accepting offers so that applicants have more time to assess their options due to the COVID pandemic.
If you receive your last decision from a university or college on or before the 4th of June, your reply deadline date is the 18th of June through UCAS (except if you’re using Extra to find a place).
In Scotland, you must have all of your applications in to university or College by the 30th of June. If you do not meet this application deadline, you must apply through Clearing.
If you receive your last decision from a university or college on or before the 13th of July, your reply date is the 20th of July (this includes Extra choices).
If you have been given a deadline extension, UCAS will inform you of this.
For the most up to date information on applying to a university or college in Scotland, go to the Scotland Student Information website.
New enhanced clearing process for admissions: There will be an enhanced clearing process for admissions for 2020, called Clearing Plus, which will match students to universities and opportunities based on their achievements and course interests. If you exceed your predicted grades, Clearing Plus can suggest alternative courses with higher entry requirements. This is to help you to have more options. You will also have the opportunity to change your choice of provider/course, even if you are ‘placed’ at a provider and after you receive your grades.
Clearing 2020: Clearing for 2020 will open on the 6th of July.
- All applications must be submitted to UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on Monday the 21st of September. This is the final deadline for all courses with 2020 entry.
- You must have added any Clearing choices in addition to any other uni and college applications in Track on UCAS by the 20th of October.
For up to date information on UCAS deadlines, see the UCAS website.
The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) is advising that students can submit their applications to them for 2020/21 from 1 April 2020.
The new Student Information Scotland website is providing up to date information to students across both Further and Higher Education (FE & HE). It includes links into College and University websites, which will continue to provide specific information relevant to students studying at each of these individual institutions.
You can also find information and FAQs for students on the Scottish Funding Council website.