A new OU qualification lets bright sixth formers study university modules
Seventeen-year-old Michell Sui wants to study medicine. A student at the Leventhorpe School, a foundation school in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, Michell has been given the chance to supplement her A- level studies with a degree-level course on genetics.
Michell is one of 23 Leventhorpe sixth-formers celebrating passing Open University courses offered through their school as part of YASS (The Open University's Young Applicants in Schools and Colleges Scheme). YASS offers Year 12 and 13 school students the chance to study university course modules at first-year undergraduate level, alongside A- and AS-level study.
The scheme is aimed at able and motivated youngsters and allows them to be academically stretched. Participation is voluntary and they study mostly in their own time, often during school holidays.
Sixth-formers can choose from a wide range of subjects - courses taken by Leventhorpe students included personal finance, astronomy, medicine, human genetics, computing, and social science.
Michell said of her OU course, An Introduction to the Human Genome: "It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be because I'm taking my A-level biology now and that …