Schools interested in the Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) should allocate one person to be the coordinator and The Open University will advise that person about the scheme and answer questions.
We can also arrange a visit to individual schools, to meet with staff to discuss YASS, or deliver a presentation to pupils.
Your school will be responsible for selecting and registering suitable students. Information for teachers on how to register your pupils can be found here.
The process differs from school to school, but often the YASS coordinator will meet students and their parents before the modules begin to prepare them for what lies ahead. In some cases parents have been so impressed with the modules that they have decided to do an Open University course themselves!
The Open University encourages schools to:
If you are unsure if some students will cope with a full module, The Open University offer a fantastic range of free courses through OpenLearn. There are over 700 courses and students can work at their own pace and start whenever suits their timetable. This is a great opportunity for students to get an idea of what to expect from independent university study.
If a student has second thoughts about studying with The OU before their module starts they should contact us to cancel their registration before the module start date. This means we will be able to use the funding for the benefit of another student.
If a student decides to stop studying once the module has started, in most cases unfortunately the funding will be lost. However, it is still important that they contact us to cancel so that they don’t receive a ‘Fail’ result at the end of the module.