SQA released updated advice on 20 April 2020 explaining how they intend to certificate all qualifications by 4 August 2020 and the subsequent appeals process that will be available. This included updated guidance to schools on the procedures they should adopt for providing estimates to SQA on pupil performance.

SQA have also updated their frequently asked questions sections for schools, colleges, employers and parents.

Please note that estimates provided by the school will form only one part of the process in determining final awards, it is the SQA who will make the final decision and not the school. Therefore, please do not contact schools regarding estimated grades as at present they will be unable to discuss this with you.

These are the guidelines which will be followed by all Secondary Schools within Falkirk when determining estimates for pupils.


UCAS have provided a statement on their website stating that the grades awarded by SQA will be equally as valid as those in previous years and that there is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.

Universities UK has confirmed that institutions will be flexible and do all they can to support learners to progress to higher education if this is their intended positive destination.

Forth Valley College

Learners can continue to apply for courses at Forth Valley College (full‐time, school partnership courses and Foundation Apprenticeships). Forth Valley College staff will continue to process all applications, which should be completed as soon as possible.

If any learner has applied for a course then they should have received an email from FVC with details of what will happen next. Further information is available on Forth Valley College's website.