Colleges’ ‘second chance’ learners need support

NUS urges funding for education, skills and development to help diverse group

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Colleges have become crucial in offering second chances to students who missed out on Higher passes in school – but financial support is needed for this to remain affordable, according to the NUS students’ union.

The NUS comments come as new figures from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on this year’s exam results in the college sector show a larger proportion of students achieving an A-D at Higher.

According to the figures, published last Friday, 6,360 students who sat a Higher at a Scottish college in 2017 achieved an A-D – compared to 6,177 in 2016 – with the pass rate also ...

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