Many exams were cancelled in 2021 but SQA and A-level students will still get their results on 10th August (or 16th December if you chose to sit exams in autumn). Results day is always a nerve wracking day, but with the changes that have happened in the last year, it's understandable this day might be bringing more anxiety than expected.
Read our tips on results day and next steps:
1. You are not your grades!
Results day can be full of surprises. You might have higher grades than you expected, or maybe you're disappointed with what grades you received. Whatever the situation, it's important to remember you are not defined by what grades you receive. Grades and results are just a small snapshot of a part of your life, and don't represent you as a person. Give yourself credit for what you've gotten through and achieved throughout the pandemic, and looking after someone else. We love this graphic from The Children's Society:
2. Reach out for advice - Exam results helpline and more
There is lots of support out there for advice and help after results day. Even if you're feeling good about the results you achieved, it still can be helpful to get some advice or information about next steps.
Youth Employment UK has an exam results helpline for advice directly from a large team of very experienced careers advisers, who will be prepared to answer thousands of calls from students and parents once the helpline is open.
The careers advisers will also be independent and impartial, meaning that they have no business agenda to push you in any one direction. They are just experienced professionals who can give you personal advice that matches what you need.
The number to call is 0808 100 8000, and you can find out more information on their website here.
The National Career Service also has some advice on next steps, apprenticeship's, university and more.
Student Minds is also a great resource for all things student based!
3. Explore your options
If you're looking after someone, you might be unsure if you can go to university or pursue your dreams and goals at the same time. We're here to help you decide what you want to do, and help put support in place so you can achieve your goals.
Have a look at our Education page here for information around applying to university as a young adult carer, distance learning and funding.