The SQA have confirmed that exam dates for Highers and Advanced Highers will begin on May 13.

That's two weeks later than planned and they are due to end on June 4.  Results day will be on August 10.

The full exam timetable is due to be published by the end of October.

However, contingency arrangements are still being arranged for Higher and Advanced Higher so exams can be in line with public health measures.

Highers and Advanced Higher exams will still take place although National 5's have been cancelled.  Nat 5's will be will now be assessed using an alternative certification approach. This will be based on teacher and lecturer judgement supported by assessment resources and quality assurance.

Education Secretary John Swinney said going ahead with all exams during the continuing Covid pandemic was "too big a risk".

Fiona Robertson, SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, said: "As the Deputy First Minister has said, a system-wide, collaborative approach is imperative to the delivery of the assessment and moderation approach for 2021.

"A clear contingency plan will continue to be developed, including key checkpoints up to the February break to assess public health advice and its impact on the plans for these exams.

"For its part, SQA is continuing to engage directly with the system on contingency arrangements for the Higher and Advanced Higher exams, should the current position change in the coming months.

"We are currently speaking with more than 450 staff from schools, colleges, and local authorities, to help us collaboratively develop appropriate contingencies. We are also speaking with parent, carer, and learner representatives to ensure their views are heard."