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Choose from a range of start dates to suit you

Open University modules can vary in their duration and can run once, twice or more frequently during the year. When you click on a module title below it takes you to the full module description; here you can see when the module starts next, the fee and assessment information. It’s important to check the closing dates for applications on each module, as they can vary. The method of delivery can also vary from course to course: for instance, some modules are entirely online, while others are not. Please make sure you select ‘Scotland’ from the drop down list in the module description to make sure you see the appropriate module fee for students in Scotland.

Module levels

The modules offered through YASS are at SCQF level 7: equivalent to the first year at a traditional university.

Credit points

Each module has credit points (10, 15 or 30) which indicates the amount of credit you can count towards an Open University qualification and how many hours it might take you to study. One credit point represents approximately ten hours of study.

Please note: these credit points are higher education (CATS) points and not part of the UCAS tariff.

Further information and enrolment

To find out more about a module, including future enrolment dates, tutor support and assessment, please click on the module title you are interested in below.

For a downloadable list of all available modules, please click here.

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.

On this page

The following courses are not necessarily shown in the recommended order of study for an OU qualification.

Course title Points
English for academic purposes online (L185) 30
Business and Management  
Communication skills for business and management (LB170) 30
Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting (B190) 10
An introduction to retail management and marketing (B122) 30
Fundamentals of accounting (B124) 30
Engineering and technology  
Engineering:origins, methods, context (T192) 30
Introduction to computing and information technology 1 (TM111) 30
Technologies in practice (TM129) - Higher computing or equivalent required 30
Health and Social Care  
Understanding the autism spectrum (SK124) 15
Bon départ: beginners' French (L192) 30
Rundblick: beginners' German (L193) 30
Portales: beginners' Spanish (L194) 30
Andante: beginners' Italian (L195) 30
第一步 Dì yī bù : beginners' Chinese (L197) 30
French studies 1: language and culture of the French-speaking world (L112) 30
German studies 1: language and culture of the German-speaking world (L113) 30
Spanish studies 1: language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world (L116) 30
Vivace: intermediate Italian (L150) 30
Exploring languages and cultures (L161) 30
Law in Scotland (WXM151) The website for this new module will be available in due course.  10
Discovering mathematics (MU123) 30
Introducing statistics (M140) 30
Essential mathematics 1 (MST 124) 30
Maths for science (S151) 10
Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis (S186) 10
Molecules, medicines and drugs: a chemical story (SK185) 10
Understanding the frozen planet (S175) 10
Living without oil: chemistry for a sustainable future (S176) 10
Galaxies, stars and planets (S177) 10
Social Sciences  
You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123) 30

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