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Young Applicant in Schools Scheme

The Open University (OU) in Scotland's engagement with schools includes their popular Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS), which gives pupils access to a wide range of accredited study options.

YASS was first developed in Scotland in partnership with Highland Council in 2007/08 and has grown substantially since then. In 2012/13 over 570 students in S6 from over 100 schools in Scotland took part.

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

  • 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.
  • Pupils have access to OU student facilities including their online library.
  • Taking a YASS module can help UCAS applications stand out and contribute valuable content to a personal statement.

Fully-funded places may be available for 10, 15 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.

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