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SFC Interim Chief Executive John Kemp said the release of today’s SQA results data shows positive progress in a number of areas.

“Today’s SQA results show overall demand for higher education remains strong for Scottish students – despite a decrease in the number of s5 and s6 pupils, this year saw a record number of 29,830 placed applicants.”

“Of this year’s higher numbers, 550 were male and 580 female, an increase of 5% and 3%, respectively. The proportion of male students this year grew to 39.2%, up from 38.8% in 2017.”

“The proportion of 18 year olds entering higher education was also a record 23.3%, and the number of applicants from the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland (SIMD20) increased by 5%.”

“There is also good news in areas where employers want to see more graduation like Computer Sciences, with 1620 placed applicants – up by 220 in a year, and by over 500 in the last four years,” he said.

“A number of applicants are still waiting to be placed through the Clearing process, so a fuller picture is likely to emerge at the end of the applications cycle in a few weeks.“

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