Results 2019-2020

What if i didn't complete my course from 2019-20?

Some courses, particularly those with practical elements, were not able to be completed due to the closure of college buildings in March – and results for these outcomes were deferred. These are the elements which had to be delivered face to face or in the workplace. We are making plans to enable you to complete your course, based on government guidance as to when it’s safe to get you back on campus, and are devising timetables with the intention to schedule the outstanding work once teaching staff return from 10 August 2020.

You will receive more detailed information as these plans are confirmed over the summer but the intention is to get the outstanding work covered as soon as possible in August/September. How quickly we are able to do this will depend on the amount of work outstanding and the social distancing rules at that time.  If you have any specific questions please contact your Faculty or email

How will I appeal against Higher or National 5 results?

SQA offers a free appeals service which will be available for you to use if you disagree with your result.

After 4 August, a free appeals or post-certification review process will be available to schools and colleges to allow them to request a review of the grade awarded for a learner or a group of learners. It is important that such a service is in place in this exceptional year. 

If a learner has a concern about their results, they should discuss it with their school or college as soon as possible after 4 August. SQA will give priority to requests for those learners requiring a result to secure a conditional place at college or university. 

For schools and colleges to request a review, the following criteria must be met: 

  • a learner or group of learners must have been awarded a lower grade than the estimated grade their school or college submitted; and
  • assessment evidence must be available to support the estimated grade — this can be wide ranging and include

               - prelim or mock papers

               - additional tasks or assignments

               - performance or practical evidence