The phrase ‘gap year’ has traditionally meant a period of time out taken by students after leaving Sixth Form and before starting university. However, gap years can now be taken by anyone, at any stage, for varying amounts of time. It can be a wonderful opportunity to earn money, gain work experience, and / or life experience. Students planning on taking a gap year before university are encouraged to apply in Year 13 for deferred entry in the first instance, but we also help KTS graduates applying for university once they’ve left the Sixth Form following your gap year.
- Prospects Should I take a gap year? including discussion of the benefits, the impact on subsequent work and study, and ideas for fulfilling gap years.
- UCAS guide to deferred entry to university and gap year ideas.
- National Council for Voluntary Organisations connects gap year students with volunteering opportunities in England.
- The International Citizen Service provides overseas volunteer placements for 18-25 year-olds.
- The Year Out Group provides gap year travel inspiration and advice.
- See the National Union of Students (NUS) advice on taking and funding a gap year.