Ninety-three per cent of young Scots say they are likely to stay in full-time education and 69 per cent want to take a higher education course. This compares with 84 per cent and 61 per cent for England and Wales.
Seventy per cent of Scots agreed with the statement "despite what it costs it is still worth being educated to degree level", compared with 57 per cent in England and Wales.
Pupils north of the border also have a higher expectation of passing exams.
Sixty-four per cent thought they would pass six or more Standard grades, against 53 per cent of pupils south of the border who thought they would pass six or more GCSEs.