As pupils prepare to receive their exam results next week, Scotland’s national skills and careers service is getting ready to support teenagers.

Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) results day support services, offered through the Exam Results Helpline, will be available from Tuesday, August 7.

Around 140,000 pupils across the country will receive their National, Higher and Advanced Higher results.

The dedicated Exam Results Helpline will be available for a week from results day to support young people.

James Russell, SDS director of career information, advice and guidance operations said: “Our message for young people and their parents and carers as the results arrive is not to panic.

“Lots of people don’t take a direct route to their chosen career – and our advisers are there to help you find your own route to get there.”

Joanna Murphy, chair of the National Parent Forum of Scotland, added: “Whether you’ve had unexpected results, or just want to talk over your choices, SDS’s advisers can talk you through the wide range of options available to you.

The helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday August 7 and August 8, and from 9am to 5pm from August 9 to 15.

The number to call is 0808 100 8000.