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Guide for Teachers

The downloadable 2020/21 Teacher Guide will provide you with the information you will need to participate in YASS.

It includes information on student eligibility, funding and support.

Full details on how to register your pupils on to the scheme can be found on the How to Register section of this website.

A hard copy of the guide is available by contacting the YASS team.

Course list and guide

Cover of Young Applicants in Schools Scheme course list and guide 2020/21The downloadable 2020/21 YASS Guide will provide you with all the information you will need to become a YASS student.

It includes a list of the courses you can study and how to register on the scheme.

The Guide also highlights how taking a YASS course can help you develop some of the key skills you will need to succeed when you leave school, and lots of other information about YASS.

A quick reference YASS 2020/21 course list is available here. Full information on individual courses, including entry requirements, recommended study hours, academic support and exams can be found in the downloadable YASS Guide (pages 11-38).

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.


Before starting your YASS course you should complete The Open University’s ‘Being an OU student’ unit on OpenLearn. This will take about 12 hours and you can start anytime.

If you do not have time to complete the whole unit, we recommend you complete session two as this is most relevant for YASS students. This will help you get off to the best possible start on your YASS studies. 

Getting Started on Your YASS Studies

This video has tips and advice on getting started with your OU studies:

StudentHome page

Your StudentHome page has links to everything you need during your YASS studies with The Open University, including:
  • Your module websites, with their study resources and links to tutors and fellow students
  • Tutor details
  • Assignment and exam information, and the online TMA and EMA service for submitting and collecting assignments
For more information on your StudentHome page click here.

YASS Student Support

Once registered as a YASS student, there is access to a whole range of Open University support services.

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

The helpdesk is open seven days a week.

YASS students can also 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 your StudentHome page. This can be accessed once you are registered on your course.

Careers Advice and Guidance

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

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

Educational Resources

The OU Anywhere app gives students the option to download and access their core course 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.

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