Results Day – finding support and celebrating success
Over the past few weeks, we have been celebrating the broad successes of young people in the Senior Phase, from S4-S6, on social media.
The range of awards, qualifications and progression routes at all Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels available from S4-S6 is vast, coupled with the opportunity to experience learning opportunities through volunteering and youth work.
This leads to a huge amount of diversity in paths through education – no learner journey is the same, but what is important is that each works for the individual learner and helps them reach a positive destination.
We have included a few examples from the campaign below – head to #MyLearnerJourney on Twitter to see more.
Increasing numbers of learners are seeking a work-focused qualification throughout the Senior Phase – more than 28,000 people started apprenticeships last year.
"You’ve got nothing to lose with a Foundation Apprenticeship, it’s been a really positive eye-opener into the world of work.”
Rebekka Smith ➡️#MyLearnerJourney
— Apprenticeships.scot (@apprentice_scot) July 31, 2019
With a huge variety of subjects offered at Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) level, they give young people the opportunity to gain practical experience at SCQF Level 6 – the same level as higher – in 12 frameworks.
5000 FA opportunities were on offer across 272 secondary schools, opening up onward routes including accelerated entry to a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship.
During their time in S4-S6, young people can gain experience and skills which serve them well later in life through volunteering, all while achieving nationally-recognised awards.
This video from Duke of Edinburgh Scotland shows how pupils from Shawlands Academy benefitted from their experiences volunteering.
Preparing for the world of work
During S4-S6, young people have the opportunity to gain skills and experience which will help them when they enter the world of work, like Skills for Work awards and National Progression Awards, in areas as diverse as Hospitality, Construction, Childcare and much more.
Discover Abigail’s journey towards a career in the Hospitality industry and Rowan’s experience of developing Maritime Skills:
Watch Rowan's journey to discover there are more #progressionroutes than you might think. Rowan attends @HermitageAcad in Helensburgh and is undertaking Maritime Skills at SCQF Level 5 #MyLearnerJourney #DYW pic.twitter.com/Lxm2Hqlxtp
— SCQF Partnership (@SCQFPartnership) July 24, 2019
Different routes to university
Not all routes to success in education follow the same path. Myles explains how he forged his pathway to success after leaving school without Highers, and how he has benefitted from the experience he gained in the world of work and at college to gain entry to the third year of a degree programme.
Similarly, Elle was unsure of what path to follow while at school and beyond. After seeking advice from her guidance teacher, she was accepted to undertake a degree module at the University of the Highlands and Islands, which she was to study while completing her final year at school.
Read more in Elle’s blog:
We asked young people to blog for us as part of the @ScotGovEdu campaign to celebrate alternative routes to learning. Our blogger this week is Elle Fraser talking about degree modules in S6. https://t.co/r397YCWBy4#Mylearnerjourney pic.twitter.com/RraJwU5MW2
— Inverness College UHI (@IC_UHI) August 1, 2019
Where to find advice on Results Day
Receiving your results can be exciting, scary and worrying all at the same time. The culmination of a huge amount of work will inevitably lead to emotions flying high but it is important to remember you are not alone!
Skills Development Scotland’s exam results helpline will be open at 8am on 6 August, with dedicated careers advisers on hand to listen and help you find a pathway to success that works for you. Their website My World of Work is packed with career information advice, and there’s even a portal for parents – My Kid’s Career.
YoungScot is also sharing loads of content on coping with exam result stress, how to relax in the run up to results day, and details on more places you can find help and support.