Education after EU exit (services, qualifications and funding)

Last updated: 18 February 2019

The UK may be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019.

EU exit (also known as Brexit) may have an effect on the way you live in Scotland.

This may include changes to education.

EU exit has not happened, and many of the details are not yet known or are regularly changing. This page gives the most up-to-date information, but it will be added to and changed over time, so please keep checking back for updates.

Early learning and childcare

EU exit is not likely to significantly affect early learning and childcare in Scotland.

A number of early learning and childcare workers in Scotland are EU citizens, and their right to continue working in their current role will not be affected by EU exit.

People from all ages, skill levels and backgrounds will still be encouraged to apply to work in early learning and childcare.

EU citizens will still need to apply for settled status before 30 June 2021. The EU citizens living in Scotland page gives the latest information on this, including details on how to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, and on the Scottish Government's new advisory service for EU citizens.

Schools

EU exit should not affect the way schools operate.

Schools are run by local councils – if you have any doubts about how EU exit will affect your child's school, you should contact your local council to find out more about EU planning in your area.

Exams and qualifications

All Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exams in 2019 will run as normal after EU exit.

SQA qualifications are currently accepted across the EU and other countries, and this will not change after EU exit.

Teachers

All teachers in Scotland must be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) before they're allowed to teach.

The GTCS is still welcoming applications from EU teachers.

EU citizens will still need to apply for settled status before 30 June 2021. The EU citizens living in Scotland page gives the latest information on this, including details on how to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, and on the Scottish Government's new advisory service for EU citizens.

Colleges and universities

The impact of EU exit on college and university education, including staff and students, is expected to be significant but the full details are not yet known.

The Scottish Government has announced that eligible EU students who are studying a course of Higher Education at college or university in Scotland in academic year 2019-20 can get tuition fee support for the duration of their course.

More information is available in a notice on the SAAS website.

If the UK leaves the EU in a 'no deal' situation, the UK Government has made guarantees related to:

Please visit this page regularly for updated information on:

  • EU student fees
  • the status of EU staff and students in Scotland's colleges and universities
  • the payment of fees for EU public sector staff through the pilot EU Settlement Scheme
  • Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research and innovation programmes
  • Erasmus+

More information

More details on education after EU exit will be added to this page as new information is available.

Meanwhile, there are a number of other sites you can check for updates:

The content on this site is correct as of today's date and is based on the information available at this time. Regular updates will be made as the EU Exit process develops. In the event of a 'no deal', additional advice and information will be given on this site. Please continue to check back for updates.