A great many of our students are now taking a GAP Year after leaving school and before starting University, either applying to university after having sat their A Level examinations (Post-Qualification Application) or due to having attained a place at university through deferred entry (i.e. for the following year after their examinations). There is a great range of ways that our students use this year, from degree-related work experience to volunteer and conservation work abroad to straightforward travelling and trekking. The list of websites below is by no means exhaustive but does give a flavour of the wide variety of schemes and opportunities available to those looking to take a GAP Year and wanting a little guidance on what to do and how to do it. In addition, all students at King Edward VI School, as well as Old Edwardians, are welcome to speak with our GAP Co-ordinator, Dr Filtness (part of the Guidance Centre team), who can also provide further support, materials, information and advice on how to make a GAP Year a productive and rewarding experience. 

It is important that students contemplating taking a GAP Year should look at the “KES community”, “Fit for Travel” and “Foreign and Commonwealth Office” web sites before they travel.

These websites are officially recognised by UCAS:   and 

GAP Year Websites

BSES Expeditions

British Exploring Society: Expeditions


Work and volunteer abroad

Camp America

Working on summer camps in America. 

Changing World

Travel, volunteering, courses & paid work abroad


Teaching abroad


Work experience & internship placements

Flying Fish

Watersports & Yachting (courses/ work placements)


Travel, volunteering, work placements & expeditions

GAPWORK Publishing

A general portal - work placements, volunteering, etc.


Conservation placements

i to i International Project

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) abroad


Volunteering & travel

Lonely Planet


Projects Abroad

Volunteering & travel

Project Trust

Volunteering, teaching & social work placements overseas

Quest Overseas

A range of expeditions and placement opportunities

Raleigh International

Volunteering & travel

Real Gap Experience

A range of expeditions and placement opportunities


Sports placements/ courses

STA Travel

Travel deals and advice

The GAP Year Website

Advice & planning for your GAP Year

The International Academy

Skiing courses/ work placements

The Year in Industry

Work experience



World Challenge


FOR ADVICE ON PQA APPLICATIONS TO UNIVERSITY - consult the final pages of the Leavers' Booklet