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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

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. 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 CollegeSouth 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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Information for Co-ordinators

Click here for our YASS handbook for co-ordinators

Click here for our YASS leaflet

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. 

Contacting us

Schools interested in YASS can contact our YASS Project Co-ordinator Page Munro (0131 549 7958) or complete a School Interest Form, which can be returned by email or post: YASS, The Open University in Scotland, 10 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7QJ.

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