Exam helpline for pupils

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Young people in Dumfries and Galloway will be among 150,000 students who will get their exam results on Tuesday, August 6.

Whatever those results may be, the advice from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is not to panic and contact the Exam Results Helpline free on 0808 100 8000.

SDS’s head of careers management skills, David Cameron, said: “Young people may have done better than anticipated or not as well as expected, but the main thing is that they and their parents shouldn’t panic. There will always be options to consider. The first step is to call the helpline and discuss what the best options might be.”

He added: “The helpline is there to assist in finding the best next step for them on their career journey and we have a very wide range of services to do exactly that.”

Students can also access help, advice and support via SDS’s Facebook page which has answers to common problems, help on making the best career moves, practical tools and links to other relevant bodies such as UCAS, SAAS, Young Scot and the SQA. There is also a wealth of post-results information for young people and their parents on the SDS My World of Work website www.myworldofwork.co.uk.

The Exam Results Helpline opens from 8am until 8pm on August 6 and 7, 9am until 5pm weekdays until August 14, and 10am until 6pm on weekends. The helpine is now in its 21st year.

Advisers will be on hand to give unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at colleges and universities across the UK, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about employment, training opportunities and exam re-sits.