Hi I was in the same position last year (except I changed my mind in December from apply to biomed to applying to medicine so had to apply this cycle.)
Taking a gap year was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I managed to get loads of work experience - over three weeks at six different institutions and do loads of volunteering. Although you can do these things whilst still at school, having the flexibility has allowed me to really get involved and have some very interesting experiences. Having the time also allowed me to realise that medicine was what I really wanted to do as I didn't have any pressure from the school making me go on to further education.
I also started working full time in October. Although my job is totally un-medical related it does involve working as part of a team and dealing with members of the public. I feel I have matured so much in the last year and am now much more confident. Also unlike school I have to work with people who are a lot older than I am and it definately opens your mind up to what the real world is about.
Overall I would say make sure you don't get bored. Get as much work experience as you can - you will find this easier as you don't have to fit it around your school life. Also find yourself a job or a long term volunteer post. It will help so much when it comes to the anxious wait for offers that you have something else to focus on.
Make sure you enjoy your year - a break from studying is quite nice. Look on it as a positive opportunity - I did and although I found it quite hard in September when everyone left for uni and I was still at home, I kept telling myself that medicine was my dream and that this was the right decision for me.
And in the end it was as I have just received an offer to study medicine. It is the best feeling in the world and I have no regrets at all about taking a gap year.
Good luck and feel free to ask any questions.
Last edited by jam_jam; 11-03-2012 at 12:46.