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The YASS guide and course list (.pdf) takes you through what YASS is, who it is for, the benefits of taking part as well as containing details for each course available through YASS.

There’s also a short version of the course guide (.pdf) available, with clickable links so you can find out more about each course.

Resources for teachers

YASS Teachers Guide graphicWe have a guide that is designed for teachers (.pdf) in schools that are interested in registering pupils to take part in YASS. It includes details of how the programme works, the role of the YASS co-ordinator in school, and support available.

Our YASS information session resource pack can be used in school when talking to prospective students and their parents/carers about YASS. YASS co-ordinators can request a copy or find out more by emailing the YASS team.

Co-ordinators whose schools are already registered to take part can now access key additional information for supporting students, in the 2021-22 Co-ordinator Pack. This includes a checklist for getting students started, induction materials, and guidance notes on specific modules.

Frequently asked questions 

Read our answers to questions that are frequently asked about the scheme by potential YASS students and school co-ordinators.

Studying with the OU


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

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.

If you have additional support needs, and you register to study with the OU, you will have the opportunity for a detailed discussion so that you know what to expect and we can put in place the support you need. These are the main steps in arranging suitable support for your OU studies:

  • On registering to study with The Open University, you will be asked to complete a Disability Support Form telling us more about the support you require. This is optional, but it greatly helps us to support you in your studies.
  • You will then have the opportunity to discuss your support and adjustments with an adviser specialising in disability support either by email or phone.
  • Some types of support and adjustments require evidence, such as a doctor’s letter, and we will establish if you need to provide evidence as part of this discussion.
  • Based on this conversation, the advisor will then write a profile which helps your tutor know how best to support you.

More information about the kind of support we can provide to our students is here:

Please note, while students are still at school - as is the case with the YASS programme - they are not eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) (a government grant to cover the cost of equipment, software or a specialist support worker).

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

OU Study is the new companion app for OU module websites. The app is being rolled out until September 2021, and will eventually replace the OU Anywhere app. Full list of available modules and roll-out plan.

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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