S6 pupils are being encouraged to take part in the Open University’s Young Applicants in School Scheme (YASS) this year.
The scheme allows final year students to take part in university-level modules alongside their school classes.
Since 2007, 6,500 pupils from over 250 schools across Scotland have taken part in the scheme. Modules in subjects including business, science, engineering, arts, maths and IT can be taken, and are a great way to boost uni and college applications.
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Each module is the equivalent of a first year university module, lasting from six to nine months with clear timetables and deadlines set for each student. The Open University suggests between eight and 14 hours of study per week per module.
However, the nature of the courses means you will be encouraged to learn independently, and allows you to make your own choices about when to study.
This encourages self-motivation, adaptability and responsibility for your own learning; all great attributes to have no matter what you wish to do when you leave school.
YASS receives funding from the Scottish Funding Council, which means that pupils can take the modules free of charge (bonus).
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If you’re interested in an Open University module, let your teachers know and ask for a registration form.
For more information, click here.