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The Open University in Scotland's engagement with schools and education professionals includes our popular Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS), which gives pupils access to a wide range of accredited study options, and our collaborative work with teachers at home and abroad to support their professional learning and development. We also offer a range of courses that can be undertaken independently by teachers and education workers.


Our Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) allows S6 pupils to bridge the gap between school and university/college by studying an OU module alongside their other subjects at school.

Stat graphic - 8,800 students have studied YASS modules since the programme started
Stat graphic - 292 schools have participated in YASS since 2007
  • Pupils can experience learning at university level and gain important skills, from independent learning and meeting deadlines, to time management.
  • 30 modules are on offer at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 7 in a wide range of subject areas including medicine, languages, law and accounting, and can greatly increase the depth of a school’s curriculum.
  • Pupils have access to OU student facilities including our online library.
  • Taking a YASS module can help UCAS applications stand out and can contribute valuable content for a personal statement.
    Stat graphic - All 32 local authority areas currently participate in YASS

Fully-funded places may be available for 10 and 30 credit point modules.

Registration for modules is organised through the school, although students deal directly with The OU when it comes to their course work and assessment.

YASS attainment is recognised in INSIGHT, the Scottish Government’s online benchmarking tool.


Our work in school education in Scotland and internationally

Practitioner enquiries at Sandbank Primary School, Dunoon

We worked in partnership to support teachers' professional learning and school improvement:

  • Teachers researched an aspect of their professional practice. Examples included: assessment and tracking of Maths; examining the importance of play in the early years classroom.
  • Workshops included Literature Review; Ethics and fieldwork and Data analysis.
  • An OU tutor led individual surgeries on research methods providing individual support to each teacher.
  • Findings were presented to colleagues from the council area plus other practitioners and stakeholders at professional learning and development meetings.
  • The project featured in a TES (Times Educational Supplement) article in May 2015.

Read the project report.

Use of The OpenScience Laboratory

We worked with teachers and two secondary schools in the West Highlands of Scotland to identify relevant virtual experiments and simulations for the curriculum and developed a learning journey to support their use by pupils in the classroom.

Read the pilot project report.

International Teacher Education projects

The OU supports the presence of female teachers in Malawi schools and rural women to become school teachers through its Teaching Assistant Scholarship projects funded by the Scottish Government and the Department for International Development (DFID).

More information about this and The OU's work in education in other countries across the globe, is available on the International Development website.​

Study with us

Space scapeWe have a range of study options appropriate for those in the field of education looking to refresh or boost their skills.

These include accredited learning in undergraduate level modules across subjects such as LanguagesMaths, and in pastoral care topics like Understanding the autism spectrum.

The OU also offers:

Access our full course information.

OpenLearn hosts free online resources such as:

For support staff in primary schools, we offer a BA (Honours) Degree in Education Studies (Primary), as well as a Diploma and Certificate of Higher Education in Education Studies (Primary).


Contact us

Schools interested in YASS contact:
Kitty Chilcott or Ramin Soulghani 
Tel: 0131 549 7980

The Open University in Scotland,
10 Drumsheugh Gardens,
EH3 7QJ.

To enquire about our work in school education in Scotland and abroad, contact: 
Dr Lore Gallastegi
Education Lecturer.

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