Taking an Open University module gives students the opportunity to deepen their existing knowledge or try a completely different subject.
Some YASS students like Open University study so much that they decide to carry on and complete their degrees with us.
YASS students taking ‘Law making in Scotland’ are pictured (above right) with MSP Liam Kerr during a visit to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee in February 2018.
When I was in my final year of high school, I decided to challenge myself and take on a Mandarin course through The Open University. I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do Chinese any other way. I enjoyed it so much I even went on to study Chinese at university. I have just finished studying first year of International Business with Chinese at the University of Edinburgh, and having done the Chinese YASS course helped me greatly in my studies.Former YASS student Sabina Sobczak who studied Beginners' Chinese, pictured speaking at a Scotland China Education Network [SCEN] Ambassadors' Forum event.
By tapping into 30 modules in 10 different subject areas, YASS allows teachers to offer students an exciting extension to the normal curriculum. The scheme also provides a positive way for schools to ensure that their students remain motivated and focused.
For me, YASS ticks just about all of the boxes of a good widening access initiative: it fills a curricular gap; it provides opportunities to deepen and broaden learning; it encourages our young people to take responsibility for and be positive about their futures; and it limits the disadvantage faced by pupils from one of the most deprived parts of the country.Norman Paton, UCAS Adviser / Widening Access Coordinator Doon Academy.
YASS makes a significant contribution to the objectives of the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence:
Admissions tutors at higher and further education institutions are being advised in ‘The guide for UK Qualifications’ to give consideration to higher education credit points. Our YASS scheme is also supported by UCAS.