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Gap year ideas

If you still think a Gap year is the right option for you, it is important that your year out is well-structured in order to make the most out of it in terms of enjoyment , personal development and learning.

It will likely involve one or more of the following components.


There are many Gap year organisations that exist to help students plan their travelling itinerary.

With their knowledge and experience, you can come up with a tailored route that covers everything you’d like to see and do.

Check out the Gap year section in the Studential directory to see links to these organisations, and read our travelling section to give yourself some ideas of where you might like to explore.


Our 12 months are valuable, so it’s worth planning it carefully to gain skills and experience that will appeal to employers later on.

You can either stay in the UK to work, or take up one of the many placements available abroad.

These include childcare, hospitality, teaching, nursing and conservation.


If you don’t achieve the A level results you are expecting, it’s not the end of the world.

If you choose not to go through Clearing and find another course at a different university, then a Gap year is a good way of buying time to consider your next move.

Find out more about your options in our A Level retakes section.


Things you can choose to learn about during your Gap year include languages, music, art, drama, culture, sports and conservation.

If you decide to go overseas to do this, you will also get to experience life in another country, as well as acquiring a new skill.

See our Learning Abroad section for further information.


This is a popular option for many Gap year students, who feel they want to give something back by helping communities in developing countries to build homes, care for orphaned children or protect endangered species.

Read our Gap Year Volunteering section for more information on how voluntary work can make a difference.