Excellence and Achievement in Education
8 August 2017
Higher passes exceed 150,000 for third year in a row.
The whole country should be proud of the qualifications gained
by Scotland's young people,
Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said.
Around 136,000 students across Scotland have received their
results for a wide range of SQA qualifications including National
5, Highers and SQA Awards.
Higher passes have exceeded 150,000 for the third year in a row
and pass rates are consistently strong. The number of skills-based
awards has more than doubled in the past five years, from 24,849 in
2012 to 50,148 this year.
On a visit to Bannerman High School in Glasgow, Mr Swinney
"I would like to congratulate our young people, and their
teachers, for their hard work and effort. The whole country should
rightly be proud of the excellence and achievement in Scottish
education demonstrated by these results.
"We expect to see small variations in pass rates year-on-year,
which demonstrate the high standards, strength and integrity of our
national qualifications. This is of paramount importance.
"The much greater range of qualifications and skills-based
awards demonstrates Curriculum for Excellence is successfully
meeting the needs of young people and giving them the best chance
of success in further learning, life and work. It is the right
reform for Scottish education.
"The further steps we have set out to close the attainment gap
and raise standards for all will build on these solid
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) attainment statistics
(August) 2017 show there were 150,010 Higher passes in 2017. This
is the third year in a row the number of Higher passes has exceeded
150,000, despite a fall in the size of the school year-groups
The number of SQA Awards, National Certificates and National
Progression Awards increased from 16,863 in 2012 to 41,483 this
year. In addition, there were a further 8,665 passes for Skills for
Work and Personal Development awards, up from 7,986 in 2012.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a free helpline which will
be open from 8am until 8pm on 8 and 9 August and from 9am until 5pm
from 10 to 16 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.
As further changes to national qualifications are implemented,
the Scottish Government will work closely with the SQA to ensure
the continued integrity and strength of our qualifications system.
Unit assessments will be removed from National 5 for the 2017-18
academic year, which is expected to affect presentation
Source - The Scottish Government