Taking a year out between Sixth Form and your next step, whether it is university, employment or an Apprenticeship, can be a great experience. Travelling to different countries, working in different environments and meeting a wide variety of people can be an amazing opportunity. It doesn’t suit all young people and it is advised that you do something valuable with your time out in order to develop skills and experiences that universities and employers are looking for in a young person.

There are lots of companies and organisations that specialise in gap year opportunities. Some are featured below. If you are interested in taking a gap year it will be important that you know exactly what it will entail. Think carefully about what you want to get out of the experience and plan accordingly.