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Support resources

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 studentsYASS leaflet - Higher Education in the Classroom

Studying with The OU

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.YASS - How Can It Help You In Your Next Steps

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 OpenScience Laboratory is:

  • An online centre that will transform the teaching of practical science.
  • A means of conducting authentic and rigorous investigations using real data.
  • A laboratory and observatory that is globally available.

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.

Information for Co-ordinators

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. 

Contact us

Kitty Chilcott or Ramin Soulghani 

Tel: 0131 549 7980 

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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