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Taking a Gap Year

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

  • You can apply through UCAS in the final 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 after you have received your results during your gap year.
  • 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 give you permission.
  • There are many gap year organisations to help you generate some ideas about what to do including:


Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.