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There are a range of resources for YASS students that can help to complement and enhance not only the study of their OU module, but also their other studies at school. We also have informative materials for YASS school co-ordinators and interested schools.

Information for students

YASS 2019-20 GuideStudying with The OU

The guide (right, clickable) is designed to introduce you to the Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS), explain what you can study through YASS and how it can develop some of the key skills you will need to succeed when you leave school.

A downloadable list of modules to study is available here.

A YASS qualification can widen your horizons, boost your prospects and build your career confidence.

Universities, colleges and employers respect and value the skills, knowledge and personal strengths you gain by taking on OU study. It shows that you are up for a challenge, have initiative and can manage your time.

YASS - skills graphicKey skills that YASS will help you develop are illustrated left (clickable to expand).

Tips for getting underway with your OU studies are shared in the video above.

Students have access to the Computing Helpdesk for one-to-one advice on issues such as installing/running module software, usernames and passwords, accessing module websites and forums and any other IT-related matters.

The helpdesk is open until late on weekdays and on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Once a student has been registered they can contact their Student Support team for any questions they might have about OU study and processes in general.

Contact details for both the Computing Helpdesk and Learner Support are available on each learner’s Student Home page.

Educational Resources

The OU Anywhere app gives students the option to download and access their core module textbooks, videos and other materials through mobile devices.

YASS students can use any of the specially designated OU Study Spaces at Dumfries & Galloway College, Fife College, South Lanarkshire College, New College Lanarkshire and West College Scotland. Each space is free to use and has full IT resources. For full details of facilities, opening times, and required ID click on the college you are interested in using.

OpenLearn aims to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free education resources. With OpenLearn you can:

  • Plan and prepare for a course of study by enrolling on one of our free courses.
  • Browse the subject categories to discover articles, watch videos and interact with features and games created by our academic experts and guest contributors.
  • Explore new topics to build your personal knowledge or look for reference material for a course you are already studying.
  • Join the debates - hit the Comments area on all our pages to make your voice heard, rate how we're doing and share with your friends.

The OpenSTEM Labs is our latest development, comprising a number of labs, each with a distinct identity, meeting modern student and national skills-based needs.

The OpenSTEM Labs challenge the traditional STEM pedagogical model of students and teachers being co-located in a lab during ‘office hours’. We connect students to instrumentation, data and equipment for practical enquiries over the internet, where time and distance is no longer a barrier – any time, any place access.

The Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) includes schools and universities which are keen to provide opportunities for students and young professionals to learn Chinese and about China. All events are free. YASS students are extremely welcome at them and can make great contacts. 

Careers Advice and Guidance

Pupils who study a YASS module can access The OU's Careers and Employability Service while studying their module and for up to three years after completing their module.

This includes being able to book a consultation with a careers advisor and access OU careers webinars and forums.

YASS Teacher GuideInformation for Co-ordinators

The Teacher Guide (right, clickable) will introduce you to YASS and provide you with all the information you need to participate, including eligibility, funding, registration and support.

The YASS team can also be contacted if there is anything further you wish to discuss, and to answer any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Read our FAQs for answers to questions that are frequently asked about the scheme by potential YASS students and school co-ordinators.