Gap Year

It is popular to take a 'year out' after finishing A Levels or Highers and there is widespread recognition among University Vice Chancellors, admissions staff and employers, of the positive impact of a constructive year out.

Students apply as for a place at University and when offered a place, they can choose to defer their entry date to the course until the following year, others may have secured training or a job for the following year and may even receive support from their employer.

There is a wide choice of projects to participate in, some of which exclusively accept those on a gap year of this age group. One major factor with most of these expeditions/projects is that there is usually a fee which has to be paid in order to take part. This varies considerably and is usually quite significant if you are planning to go for over 2 months. Fundraising, planning and realistic goals are major aspects of raising the fee, and is a major learning experience on its own.

The opportunities available have been divided into different types, listed on the menu bar.
Various Possibilities for Gap Year projects are listed here and also links to useful resources