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Scottish Deputy First Minister’s Statement on Exam Results

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Commenting on today’s parliamentary statement from the Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary, @JohnSwinney MSP, @ShonaStruthers – Chief Executive of @CollegesScot, said: 

“The Deputy First Minister’s statement has provided clarification on this year’s SQA exam results and we are pleased that the Scottish Government will ensure there are enough places at colleges to enable young people to continue on to further and higher education courses, and it is our understanding that they will meet the additional costs.

“Colleges will continue to do everything possible to support students with aspirations of coming to college, and we look forward to welcoming all new and returning students back to campuses when the new term starts.  During their time at college, students will progress towards their future careers by learning new skills, achieving qualifications, and gaining invaluable hands-on experience of the workplace.  The college sector will play a pivotal role in driving Scotland’s social and economic recovery by re-skilling, upskilling and delivering employability skills to learners.

“We acknowledge the difficulties that the global pandemic has presented us all with, however, colleges have been working hard to ensure that they can continue delivering high-quality learning and teaching safely, in line with Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland guidance, while continuing to provide students a great learning experience. 

“For those who have not yet decided the next steps of their journey, we would encourage them to contact their nearest college for information and advice.  Colleges offer a wide range of courses and opportunities, and there is still time to apply.  Find your local college at”

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