Taking a Gap Year

Instead of continuing with your studies straight away you may decide to take a year out.  Most universities and colleges view taking a gap year as a positive thing as long as you have planned it carefully. 

  • You can apply through UCAS in the 2nd year of your studies at college and select to defer your place for a year but make sure you check with the courses you are applying to that they accept deferred entry.
  • Or you could wait to apply until you have completed your course and got your results.
  • There can be good reasons for taking a gap year such as needing to gain more experience before applying for certain courses such as those in health care professions.
  • You may decide to do a combination of things including work experience, travel abroad, doing voluntary work, doing paid work to save for your time at university, taking a part time course – all great for your CV in the future.
  • When writing your personal statement make sure you include your gap year plans and say how they will benefit you in the future.
  • If you made a UCAS application but didn’t choose to defer your place and then decide to do a gap year, you will need to contact the university to ask if they will change your application.
  • There are many gap year organisations to help you generate some ideas about what to do including:

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/

www.gapyear.com

http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry

www.gapforce.org

http://www.bunac.org/uk

https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering

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