Students win record number of university places

A file variety of Scottish pupils have gained a college place on examination outcomes day.

The Larger cross fee dipped very barely by zero.2% however the whole variety of passes remained above 150,000 for a 3rd successive 12 months.

Nearly 137,000 college students received results of Nationals and Highers on Tuesday.

College admissions physique Ucas stated greater than 28,700 pupils gained locations, 400 greater than final 12 months.

It stated the determine included a 13% improve in positioned candidates from Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities.

  • 77% Larger cross fee (A-C)

  • 77.2% Larger cross fee final 12 months

  • 116,032 Nationwide four entries

  • 122,961 Nationwide four entries final 12 months

This 12 months’s ends in Nationwide four and 5, Highers and Superior Highers have been broadly consistent with 2016.

Candidates handed 150,010 Highers though the cross fee (A-C) was marginally down at 77% in contrast with 77.2% final 12 months.

Superior Larger passes fell to 19,283, with a cross fee of 80%.

The cross fee for Nationwide four was 92.eight% and 79.5% for the Nationwide 5, additionally very near final 12 months’s figures.

There was, nonetheless, a big drop within the variety of pupils taking the internally-assessed Nationwide four qualification – 116,032, down from 122,961.


Examination passes are excessive by historic requirements, extra kids are staying on in school and going to varsity or college.

Is that this factor in itself? Or is the schooling system merely having to adapt to the truth that within the fashionable world there are fewer good jobs for younger individuals, and that unskilled jobs are disappearing?

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Go marks can range every year relying on the issue of the examination, however there was no repeat of the state of affairs two years in the past when it needed to be set at 35% in Larger maths as a result of the paper was more durable than anticipated.

Dr Janet Brown, chief government of the Scottish Authority, stated the figures demonstrated stability within the system.

“One of many issues that we completely have to make sure is that requirements are maintained and we will see that candidates are reaching these requirements and attaining as they’ve carried out prior to now,” she stated.

In maths, the attainment fee rose to 74% from 73.5% final 12 months at Larger, whereas in English the attainment fee dropped from 78.eight% in 2016 to 77.three% this 12 months.

There was a rise within the variety of pupils taking and passing in expertise for work and private growth programs.

Excessive requirements

Schooling Secretary John Swinney congratulated pupils throughout a go to to Bannerman Excessive College in Baillieston, Glasgow

He stated: “The entire nation ought to rightly be pleased with the excellence and achievement in Scottish schooling demonstrated by these outcomes.

“We count on to see small variations in cross charges 12 months on 12 months, which display the excessive requirements, energy and integrity of our nationwide .”

Opposition events provided their congratulations to college students and lecturers however stated outcomes have been achieved “in spite” of schooling modifications.

Scottish Conservative schooling spokeswoman Liz Smith stated: “In some key core topics – together with historical past and a few fashionable languages – there’s a marked drop within the variety of entries. And in lots of topics, we additionally see attainment falling, notably at Superior Larger degree.

“The elemental issues stay the identical. We have now too few lecturers in school rooms. And, because the Sutton Belief lately declared, we’ve got a faculty system that does not give sufficient youngsters the chance to essentially excel and push on.”

Labour’s Iain Grey stated: “The truth is that these outcomes have been achieved by pupils and lecturers despite SNP authorities cuts to schooling budgets, instructor numbers and assist employees.”

Ucas stated virtually all of the Scottish candidates to win college locations had chosen to check in Scotland.

‘Proper route’

The Scottish Funding Council’s interim chief government John Kemp stated: “This displays the energy of the college sector in Scotland.

“I’m particularly happy in the present day to see the 13% improve in college students from probably the most disadvantaged areas of Scotland going to a Scottish college. Though there’s extra work to be carried out, in the present day’s figures point out that we’re taking vital steps in the best route.”

A free helpline is obtainable on 0808 100 8000 for anybody in search of sensible recommendation concerning their examination outcomes.

Operated by Expertise Growth Scotland, it will likely be open from 08:00 till 20:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and between 09:00 and 17:00 till 16 August.

The group’s performing director of operations James Russell stated: “Our message for these younger individuals and their dad and mom and carers because the outcomes arrive is to not panic.

“Every part might sound overwhelming at that time. Our skilled advisers are there to assist and have data on all of the choices and alternatives younger individuals can contemplate.”

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