The wait is over for thousands of students in the region after the Scottish Highers and National qualification exam results were published today.
Nationally, the number of students gaining a C-grade or above in their Highers was 77.1 per cent In the Borders that figure was 80 per cent, while in Dumfries and Galloway had it's best result for Highers for a decade, with a 78.4 per cent pass rate.
Depending on their exams results, pupils will now have to make a choice about what to do when they leave school.
They can choose to go on to higher education, start an apprenticeship or even go straight into work.
Lori Carnochan met two young men who want the same job, but have chosen very different career paths.
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Help is at hand for students picking up their exam results in the South of Scotland today.
If you haven't got the results you wanted - or you want to speak to someone about your future - they should phone their school in the first instance where staff will be on hand to help.
Alternatively, you can also call the Skills Development Scotland's helpline on 0808 100 8000.
This is open from 8am until 8pm on 5 and 6 August and 9am until 5pm on weekdays until 13 August.
The helpline will also be open from 10am until 4pm at weekends.
Pupils opening their exam results in the Scottish Borders today have achieved a ninety percent pass rate overall, with high pass rates for both the new National 4 and National 5 qualifications.
Eighty percent of those taking a Higher qualification in the Borders also passed, while nearly 84 percent of Advanced Higher pupils passed.
Students from school across southern Scotland receive their exam results today.
15 and 16-year-olds will find out for the first time how well they did at the new nationals exam that replaced the old standard grades.
Alan Mottershead is the Headteacher of Trinity School in Carlisle.
He says that he will be approaching the exam board about the English GCSE:
Simon Boothroyd lost both of his parents and has been looked after by his foster parents for the past three years.
He said his family have been really supportive, but in the run up to his exams, he has had a tougher time than most:
For students who may have received some unexpected results, the national exam results helpline will be open until noon on Saturday (24th August).
Parents and students can talk to experienced, impartial and friendly careers advisers who will talk through what options are available, including higher education, taking a gap year and finding employment.
David Murdoch, a student who called the helpline, said:
“It was really great to have someone properly explain my options - what I could do, alternatives I hadn’t thought about, and the processes I needed to go through. Best of all, I got objective advice.”
The Exam Results Helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000. Calls are free from landlines. Mobile network charges vary.
For further information including opening hours, click here.
Cumbria has fared better than some regions in England, but in some schools there is unhappiness with the English grades and at least one school is planning to appeal.
Tim Backshall reports:
Girls have continued to out-perform boys in GCSEs, recording higher results at A* and A*-C across all subjects.