Record Scottish exam results

Pupils are celebrating their exam results with record performances across Scotland.

Full Report: Record Scottish exam results

Thousands of students across Scotland got their exam results today, by post, email and even by text.

It is another record results year - and, once again, it has brought allegations that the exams are getting easier.

Scottish ministers say that is not the case and one head teacher in Dumfries has a different explanation: he says a lack of local jobs means pupils stay longer in education - and so get better grades.

Watch the full report from Matthew Taylor below.

Youth Employment Minister welcomes Scottish exam successes

Thousands of pupils in southern Scotland have received their exam results - by post, email and text.

It has been a day of celebration for most of Scotland's 150,000 students as overall pass rates increased for Highers, Advanced Highers and Standard Grades.

Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance told ITV News she was delighted that so many have come out with strong results.

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Dumfries and Galloway Council congratulates pupils

Dumfries and Galloway Council have released a comment congratulating both pupils, and the staff who taught them, for their successes in today's exams results.

“Success within our schools is measured in many different ways to reflect our vision of raising levels of attainment, achievement and participation in all of our children and young people.

“Exam results are one of the key indicators we use to measure how our schools are performing and we are very pleased with the results overall. We will continue to support all of our schools to both highlight successes and identify any areas where there is room for improvement.

“I congratulate all our teaching staff on their commitment to delivering learning experiences of the highest standards. Our pupils should be very proud of themselves too and I wish them all success for the future.”

– Rachel Craig, Deputy Director for Education Services

Over 28,000 students accepted into Scottish universities

Nearly 30,000 young people who applied to go to university or college in Scotland have been accepted following the release of the Scottish exam results this morning.

A total of 28,900 applicants were successful.

This is a 2% increase compared with exam results day last year, according to admissions service Ucas.

Of the total, 22,770 are Scottish, which is an increase of 550 compared with the same stage last year.

Applicants can now use the Ucas website to see if they have been accepted or if they are eligible for "clearing", when universities and colleges offer their remaining places.

"Congratulations to everyone who has secured a place at their chosen university or college in Scotland. There's every reason to be positive if you find yourself in clearing this year."

– Steve Jeffree, Ucas chief operating officer

Pupils put in "tremendous amount of hard work and commitment"

As of midnight, 28,900 applicants were accepted for a place at university or college in Scotland.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA's chief executive and Scotland's chief examining officer, has congratulated the thousands of pupils across Scotland who received their results today, saying:

"On behalf of everyone at SQA, I congratulate all candidates on their achievement of courses and awards over the past year.

"I wish them continued success as they embark on a wide range of different pathways: moving into the workplace, or a training scheme, returning to school or taking up a place at college or university.

"The increased number of courses and awards achieved reflects the tremendous amount of hard work and commitment by candidates across Scotland and the value placed on qualifications in what continues to be a challenging economic environment."

Record-level exam results for Scotland

Pupils are celebrating their exam results with record performances across Scotland.

Overall pass rates increased for Highers, Advanced Highers and Standard Grades, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) said.

This year sees the final results for Standard Grades which are being replaced.

Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance congratulated the 151,000 candidates being sent their certificates in the post.

"The wait for tens of thousands of Scotland's pupils and their families is finally over, and I am delighted that so many have come out with strong grades, leaving them well positioned for whatever they choose to do next.

"The exam pass rates are building on a solid record of achievement, meaning that today is a time for celebration.

"Record pass rates in a set of rigorously assessed exams confirm Scotland's strong record in attainment and I wish the class of 2013 the very best of luck in their next steps, be it another year in school, or moving on to college, university, training or employment."

– Angela Constance, Youth Employment Minister
  • The pass rate for Advanced Highers increased by two points to 82.1%
  • The pass rate for Highers increased by 0.5 points to 77.4%
  • Intermediate levels one and two increased to 77.8% and 81.8% respectively

The total number of candidates was 150,986, down from 158,908 last year.

Almost 37,000 opted to receive their results by text message or email by 9am.

More people sat Higher English and maths, and there was a "significant increase" in revised sciences, the SQA said.

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