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Record Scottish students get first-choice university


More than 60 per cent of students in Scotland got Highers grades they needed

A record proportion of students in Scotland have gained a place at their first-choice university for 2022-23, despite the pass rate for pupils sitting Scottish Highers falling significantly compared with 2020 and 2021—when formal examinations were cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Almost 79 per cent of pupils sitting Highers—Scotland’s equivalent to A-levels—passed with a grade A to C this year, the Scottish Qualifications Authority announced on 9 August. This was down from around 87 per cent last year and 89 per cent in 2020 but up from 75 per cent in 2019, the last year in which pupils sat examinations.

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