Students hoping to go to university or college are being reassured they will receive their results on time.

Scotland’s higher education minister said universities and colleges will assess qualifications as part of the admissions process.

Richard Lochhead has written to students to tell them their educational futures are being protected during the coronavirus crisis.

Universities are being urged to observe a moratorium on changing offers made to students.

Mr Lochhead said: “I understand that many students who have applied to university or college this year will be anxious that school exams cannot go ahead.

“I am absolutely clear that we must ensure that the interests and life chances of our young people are protected, and that they will be rewarded for their hard work.

“Despite the disruption, students will have their achievements recognised, and gain the qualifications and awards that they deserve after so many years of hard work.