The Open University in Scotland's engagement with schools and education professionals includes our popular Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS), which gives pupils access to a wide range of accredited study options, and our collaborative work with teachers at home and abroad to support their professional learning and development. We also offer a range of courses that can be undertaken independently by teachers and education workers.
Our Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) allows S6 pupils to bridge the gap between school and university/college by studying an OU module alongside their other subjects at school.
Fully-funded places may be available for 10, 15 and 30 credit point modules. Registration for modules is organised through the school, although students deal directly with The OU when it comes to their course work and assessment.
YASS attainment is recognised in INSIGHT, the Scottish Government’s online benchmarking tool.
We worked in partnership to support teachers' professional learning and school improvement:
Read the project report.
We worked with teachers and two secondary schools in the West Highlands of Scotland to identify relevant virtual experiments and simulations for the curriculum and developed a learning journey to support their use by pupils in the classroom.
Read the pilot project report.
The OU supports the presence of female teachers in Malawi schools and rural women to become school teachers through its Teaching Assistant Scholarship projects funded by the Scottish Government and the Department for International Development (DFID).
More information about this and The OU's work in education in other countries across the globe, is available on the International Development website.
We have a range of study options appropriate for those in the field of education looking to refresh or boost their skills.
The OU also offers:
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OpenLearn hosts free online resources such as:
For support staff in primary schools, we offer a BA (Honours) Degree in Education Studies (Primary), as well as a Diploma and Certificate of Higher Education in Education Studies (Primary).
Schools interested in YASS contact:
YASS Project Assistant,
Tel: 0131 549 7958
The Open University in Scotland,
10 Drumsheugh Gardens,
To enquire about our work in school education in Scotland and abroad, contact:
Dr Lore Gallastegi,
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