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Young Applicants in Schools


Our Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) gives S6 students in Scotland the opportunity to study at higher education level without leaving friends and family behind. Study fits around school work and social lives, encourages independent learning and builds confidence.

YASS is designed to bridge the gap between school and full-time university and help able and motivated students stand out from the crowd. Over 500 young people from more than 100 schools took Open University modules last year.

What is YASS?

The scheme explained

YASS is a unique opportunity for S6 students in Scottish schools to bridge the gap between school and full-time university through independent learning. Run by The Open University in Scotland, YASS offers motivated and able students a chance to study a range of university level modules in school alongside their other studies.

More choice, more options

We offer modules in a wide range of subject areas including science, engineering, business studies, health and social care, IT and computing, arts, mathematics and sport and fitness. Each module offered through YASS is at level 1, equivalent to SCQF Level 7 and the first year at a traditional university.

Modules can last from 10 weeks to 40 weeks and are clearly structured with timetables and deadlines. However, studying with the OU gives you the flexibility to decide when and where you study each week. Shorter modules normally require up to 10 hours of study a week, while a longer one can require up to 16 hours a week.

From small beginningsā€¦

YASS was first developed in Scotland in partnership with Highland Council in 2007/08 and has grown substantially since then. In 2012/13 over 570 students in S6 from over 100 schools in Scotland took part.

In a recent survey of YASS students, 92% of respondents stated that they found the content of the modules interesting and 85% agreed that taking the YASS module would help boost their CV or application to higher education. In addition, 88% of respondents believed that participating in YASS had helped them develop and improve important skills and 79% indicated that they would recommend YASS to fellow students.

Contact us

Keen to find out more about YASS? Contact:

Page Munro
Project Assistant for YASS
The Open University in Scotland
Direct Dial: 0131 549 7958