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What can I study?


There are 29 modules in a range of subject areas, from science to law, languages to accounting and much more. You can choose to study a 10 or 30 credit module in a subject area that interests you. The modules start in October and run for either six or nine months depending on the credit level.

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 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.

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
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
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 making in Scotland (WXM151)  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
Physics and space (SM123) 30
Social Sciences  
You and your money (DB125) 30

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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