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Young Applicants in Schools

What is YASS?

YASS graphicOur 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. 

In 2017 YASS celebrated 10 years of bringing higher education into the classroom.

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 6,500 young people from more than 250 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.

The dots show the location and number of schools who have participated in YASS since 2007.

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.

From small beginnings…

YASS 10 year celebrationSince it was first developed in partnership with Highland Council in 2007/08, YASS has grown substantially.

In 2017/18 over 1100 Sixth Year students from more than 140 schools in Scotland are taking part.

Pictured celebrating the 10 year anniversary at Caldervale High School in Airdrie are (left-right):

Pupil Amy Forsyth; Head Teacher Karen Kubica; Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science; OU in Scotland Director Susan Stewart; Pupil Amy Shields.


Funding for YASS modules in Scotland

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 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.


Contact us

Page Munro, YASS Project Co-ordinator 

Tel: 0131 549 7958 

or complete a School Interest Form, which can be returned by email or post:

The Open University in Scotland,
10 Drumsheugh Gardens,
EH3 7QJ.

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