YASS - How to register

YASS registration for 2024/25 is now open. The registration deadline for 2024/25 applications is 5pm, on 2 September 2024. 

Early applications encouraged

Schools are encouraged to apply before the summer holidays as:

  • Students are more likely to be able to register on their chosen course.
  • It’s easier for students to change courses / withdraw from a course before they start when they are already registered.
  • It means students are likely to have access to their course materials ahead of courses starting in October and will be able to get a head start. 

Applications after the school summer holidays 

Due to the short time between schools returning in August, and our 2 September deadline, it is important that schools submit student registration forms to us as soon as possible, and no later than the deadline. 

To avoid an unnecessary delay for students, that could result in them missing a place on their chosen course, or starting their course late, we advise that students and YASS co-ordinators take care to check registration forms thoroughly for any errors or missing information before submitting them to us, via our ZendTo process.  

Funding for YASS courses in Scotland

YASS receives support from the Scottish Funding Council. This continues to allow us to offer fully funded places for pupils from local authority schools undertaking 10 and 30 credit modules.

A hand holding a pen on a sheet of paperAs part of the application process, we collect information from students about their nationality and residency in Scotland and use this to work out how much funding is required for their module.

With new guidance around residency and funding since Brexit, some students may be asked to provide further information. If co-ordinators, pupils or parents/carers/guardians have any questions about YASS funding, please contact the YASS team.

Independent schools should contact the YASS team to discuss payment methods.

YASS registration - information for school co-ordinators

Registrations for 2024/25 are now open. Please email Scotland-YASS@open.ac.uk with any queries.

School YASS co-ordinators submit registration applications on behalf of their pupils. This is our latest Registration Guidance for YASS Co-ordinators.

To register pupils for YASS 2024/25 YASS school co-ordinators need to:

1. Carefully consider which pupils choose to participate in the programme. Ensure:

  • Pupils are in S6;
  • Pupils have researched their chosen course, using the YASS Guide and website;
  • Pupils and their parents/carers/guardians have a clear understanding of the commitment and study required, especially in relation to busy times of the year (such as prelims);
  • Pupils are aware that YASS courses do not carry UCAS tariff points but can be added to UCAS forms in the Education or Preparation for HE sections and in their personal statement.

2. Email the YASS team (Scotland-YASS@open.ac.uk) to request the YASS 2024/25 Registration Form for Students.

3. Distribute forms to pupils to complete. Each registration form contains everything that pupils and their parents/carers/guardians need.

  • Please ensure students use the 2024/25 Registration Form. We cannot accept any other/older versions of the forms. 
  • Students will need access to the desktop version of Microsoft Word to complete the form.

​4. Collect forms from pupils and use the form checklist to ensure:

  • Pupils have filled in all the required information;
  • Pupils and their parent/carer/guardian have both signed the registration agreement.
  • Pupils have renamed their form file in the correct format (guidance for students is provided within the form).  

5. Return the completed forms to the YASS team using ZendTo (see Registration Guidance for Co-ordinators for instructions on how to do this).

Please remember:

  • School YASS co-ordinators must submit forms on behalf of pupils. 
  • We cannot accept incomplete forms or older versions of the forms.
  • Due to information security requirements, we cannot accept forms that are sent by email. Please use the ZendTo system.
  • To get in touch if you or a pupil have any questions, email Scotland-YASS@open.ac.uk.

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