Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur is urging anyone seeking advice and support regarding their exam results to access dedicated support when Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Exam Results Helpline opens on Tuesday 6 August.

With around 135,000 candidates across the country receiving their National, Higher and Advance Higher results, the free* helpline from Scotland’s careers service offers advice, information and guidance for young people and their parents from 8am on results day.

Tom Arthur said:

“Whatever your results – even if they aren’t what you expected – you have plenty of options.

“There’s no wrong path into a career, so if you’re considering your next steps and looking for support, I would encourage getting in touch with the helpline.

“SDS advisers will be able to help young people and their parents and carers with information on all the options and opportunities on offer”.

The dedicated SDS Exam Results Helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August, and from 9am to 5pm weekdays from Thursday 8 until Wednesday 14 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.

SDS careers advisers are at the end of the phone to help young people and their parents and carers.

The skilled professionals have unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Modern, Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships and jobs or volunteering.

James Russell, SDS Director of Career Information, Advice & Guidance Operations, said:

“This year we’ll also have advisers available through social media to answer queries if you find it easier to get in touch via direct messaging.

“If you’d like to talk face-to-face, our careers advisers are available year-round in every state secondary school in Scotland and at SDS’s network of careers centres across the country.”

To get in touch with the helpline via social media go to My World of Work on Facebook at or Twitter at

Parents and carers can also head over to for information on jobs in demand in Scotland and tips on on handling career conversations at exam results time.

*operator charges may apply

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