Our Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) gives S6 students in Scotland the unique opportunity to study a range of university level modules in school alongside their other studies.
YASS is designed to bridge the gap between school and university, college or employment and helps motivated students stand out from the crowd. It encourages independent learning and builds confidence. Key skills like time management and accessing electronic resources are developed.
Registration for YASS modules is organised through the school, although students deal directly with The OU when it comes to their course work and assessment.
Over 4,000 young people from more than 200 schools have taken Open University modules through YASS. Click here to meet some of our YASS students.
Since it was first developed in partnership with Highland Council in 2007/08, YASS has grown substantially. In 2015/16 over 1000 Sixth Year students from 145 schools in Scotland took part.
In a 2015-16 survey of YASS participants:
Pictured above right are YASS students on a visit to a session of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee in 2016, as part of their module An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland. Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
YASS receives support from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). This allows us to offer fully-funded places for pupils from local authority schools undertaking 10, 15 and 30 credit modules.
The scheme also receives additional support from Menzies Distribution towards funding for students from local authority schools living in remote and rural communities.
Independent schools should contact the YASS co-ordinator to discuss payment methods.
Page Munro, YASS Project Co-ordinator
Tel: 0131 549 7958
The Open University in Scotland,
10 Drumsheugh Gardens,
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