Statistics 2021

A range of statistical reports for SQA qualifications. The publication schedule details when our statistical work will be published. If you have any questions regarding our statistical publications, please contact:

Attainment Statistics (August) 2021

As a result of the cancellation of 2021 exams for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher, the Deputy First Minister commissioned the development of an alternative certification model (ACM) for 2021.

Accordingly, the 2021 results for those levels are based on the 2021 ACM.

Further documents related to the 2021 ACM and its outcomes, can be found on our Information page.

A breakdown of the national qualifications results by sex

Date of publication: 10 August 2021

Historically, 'Attainment Statistics (August) Schools' and 'Attainment Statistics (August) Colleges' were published on an annual basis in September. From 2021 the 'Attainment Statistics (August) Schools' publication, is replaced by two alternative publications, 'Attainment Statistics (August) Education Authority Schools' and 'Attainment Statistics (August) Independent Schools'. 'Attainment Statistics (August) Other Centres' is published from 2021 for the first time. 'Attainment Statistics (August) Colleges' continues to be published this year, as in historical years.

A breakdown of the national qualifications results by centre type:

Education Authority tables will now be published based on both August and December data, at the relevant point in the year.

A breakdown of the national qualifications results by Education Authority:

Date of publication: 21 September 2021

Attainment Statistics (August) - Historical

Historic versions of the 'Attainment Statistics (August) 2021 Education Authority Schools', 'Attainment Statistics (August) 2021 Independent Schools' and 'Attainment Statistics (August) 2021 Other Centres' tables for diets 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 were published for the first time on this page on the 21st of September 2021 and subsequently moved to the appropriate archive webpage for the relevant year on 15th October 2021.

Education Authority (August) tables for 2018 (comprising 2016/17 and 2017/18) were previously published in April 2019 and can be found in the 2018 archived webpage.

Historical Education Authority (August) tables have been provided below for 2019 (comprising 2017/18 and 2018/19).

From the 20th of October 2021, these will be moved to the archive webpage for the relevant year. A note will remain on the 2021 statistics webpage to indicate that these historical tables were published in September 2021.


Date of publication: 21 September 2021

Machine readable (CSV) versions of the data used to create these tables are available on request.

More information on Official Statistics and this publication can be found on our Statistics Documents page.