Gap Year Programme

Taking a year out before going to University next year?

Want to pick up some additional qualifications, gain extra knowledge and develop your skills? Our Gap year programme could be for you! Closing Monday 30th November

There are two main pathways available; just pick one pathway and then any two or three courses from that pathway! In addition, you can choose from our range of extras, designed to develop wider life and personal development skills.

To apply, please complete the Full time application form and state 'Gap Year Programme pathway A/pathway B' in the course options. Once your application has been received, you will be called for an interview.

Pathway A

(Ideal for those progressing to heath and social care, nursing, psychology, social science and science degrees).

BTEC Certificate in Health and Social Care Level 3

Complete two units, one exam and one internally assessed coursework unit. Learners will develop employability knowledge, and explore units in Human Life Span Development & Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs. (6 hours teaching per week; 8-28 UCAS points)

NCFE Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Level 3

Complete internally assessed coursework, focusing on a range of topics including: mental health services and public attitudes; how to support mental well-being through various stages of life; mental ill health, and the skills required to work in a mental health setting. (6 hours teaching per week)

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

This qualification is loved by universities due to the independent study, research and evaluative skills you gain; great preparation for university study! You research a subject of your choosing and develop a 5,000 word report or artefact.

Pathway B

(Ideal for a range of university courses and future careers).

BTEC Certificate in ICT

Learners will complete two mandatory units to complete the qualification. Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information which is an externally assessed unit. (6 hours teaching per week; 8-28 UCAS points)

A Level Core Maths

Learn how to apply the maths you learnt at GCSE and develop your problem solving skills (something employers and unis love!) You will also learn some advanced level mathematics and statistics that will broaden the range of problems you can tackle. (6 hours teaching per week; 8-20 UCAS points)

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

This qualification is loved by universities due to the independent study, research and evaluative skills you gain; great preparation for university study! You research a subject of your choosing and develop a 5,000 word report or artefact.

Extras

Life Coaching

Gain life skills, develop study skills and access careers guidance. (1 hour session per week)

Digital Skills

Undertake either or both of the following:

  • Open Learn Award
  • Courses from the open university that support personal development and preparedness for progression. There are a range of courses available some of them provided an e certificate. Courses develop skills and attitudes which will ensure success at university or in employment.

iDEA Award

This Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills.
Through a series of online challenges, you can achieve career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help you stand out from the crowd. (2-4 hours teaching a week if you do both).

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

A real adventure from beginning to end. You simply need to be aged between 14 and 24 and want to do something different, adventurous and fun! Better still, having the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been shown to make people stand out from the crowd when it comes to job and university applications. There are three levels of Award – Bronze, Silver or Gold – and at whichever award you are working on you choose what you are going to do, so your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing.

As part of your Programme of Study you will be entered for the Bronze Award, However, if you have already achieved your Bronze Award you will be entered for the Silver Award instead. You choose activities in each section of the programme, namely, volunteering, physical, skills, expedition. N.B. There have been a few changes to this year owing to Covid-19 restrictions. (5 hours per week. Does not carry UCAS points in itself but depending on what you do as your chosen skill, that could carry UCAS points, ie taking grade 6 guitar).