Shetland exam results below national average 

The higher and advanced higher results for Shetland are both below the national average and are lower than last year’s figures. 

This year, the A-C pass rate for higher in Shetland was 76.7 per cent compared to 79.5 per cent last year and the national average for 2023 is 77.1 per cent. 

The Shetland A-C pass rate for advanced higher this year stands at 79.3 per cent while this figure was 88.2 cent last year and the current national average is 79.8 per cent.

However, the A-C pass rate for National 5 is higher than the national average which is 78.8 per cent, while Shetland pupils had 82 per cent, though this is a decrease from last year when the figure was 86.6 per cent.

Pupils may appeal if any of their grades don’t seem right or if they have not performed as well as the school had expected.

Appeals can be made directly to the SQA, but they are encouraged to speak to their school to determine whether the estimate and alternative assessment evidence can support an appeal. 

Various helplines are available to pupils receiving exam results today:
• SQA Candidate Advice – 0345 279 1000

• Skills Development Scotland’s Results – 0808 100 8000

• UCAS – 0371 468 0468

How did you get on with your results? Get in touch with us on 01595 742000 or by emailing 


Add Your Comment
  • Martin Fiddler

    • August 8th, 2023 11:04

    All A level grades are lower this year because they’ve reverted to normal marking, instead of using teacher influenced marks. Knowing that there is no story. Shetland marks are very similar to all the rest.

    • Mr ian Tinkler

      • August 8th, 2023 21:19

      “Shetland exam results below national average” Martin Fidler if that headline is true, there is a very real story.

    • Gordon Dargie

      • August 9th, 2023 10:54

      Shetland marks used to be so much better than the rest and the story is one of decline and real concern.


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