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Young Applicants in Schools

What is YASS?

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.

Click on the image, right, to enlarge it and find out more about YASS.

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 languages.    
•    Each module offered through YASS is Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 7, equivalent to first year university level.
•    Modules can last from 12 to 40 weeks and are clearly structured with timetables and deadlines.
•    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.

Visit to Justice CommitteeFrom small beginnings…

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:

  • 95% of students agreed that taking a YASS module helped them prepare for university or college.
  • 87% of students felt that the content of their module was interesting.
  • 92% of students felt that their YASS module helped them learn skills such as independent learning and time management.

Pictured 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

Funding for YASS modules in Scotland

Full-funded places may be available for pupils from local authority schools undertaking 10, 15 and 30 credit modules. Independent schools should contact the YASS co-ordinator to discuss other payment methods.

Contacting us

Schools interested in YASS can contact our YASS Project Co-ordinator Page Munro (0131 549 7958) or complete a School Interest Form, which can be returned by email or post: YASS, The Open University in Scotland, 10 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7QJ.

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