Hey! Sign in to get help with your study questionsNew here? Join for free to post

Should I go to university in 2017, or take a gap year?

Announcements Posted on
Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
REMINDER: Do not post your personal statement on TSR, otherwise you may have to rewrite it from scratch. Click here for more info. 11-10-2016
    • Thread Starter

    I'm currently in year 12 studying chemistry, biology, English literature and health & social care (Btec). And I'd like to study primary education at university, however I've been considering taking a gap year so that I'm able to earn and save money, whilst also gaining some work experience and developing social skills.
    I'm a little torn in deciding what to do, and I was wondering if any of you could offer some advice from your own experience, or just general guidance. Thanks

    If I was in your shoes I would just go to Uni in 2017.
    I mean you definitely know what you want to do, Right?
    For now look at different Unis and see what they offer. I know that some universities do sandwich years which is were you can work in your chosen career for a year and then you finish your third year afterwards. And you will learn certain skills at university anyway. There's no point waiting it out when you can get it over and done with. Most students who go on a gap year don't always end up going to uni. As for money you can get a student loan, eventually you can pay it off. I'm not sure whether the student loan pays towards accommodation so you may have to save up for that. Otherwise stay close to home. What I'm thinking of is staying close to home and I can drive there.
    Just think it through and look at your options, remember nothing is set in stone.
    I hope this sort of helps

    Definitely go to University in 2017. It'll be a whole lot easier in the long run as by the time you go the next year, you would have probably forgotten half the stuff you learnt at A-Level!
Write a reply…


Submit reply


Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: May 2, 2016
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

What were/are your predicted grades?
Help with your A-levels

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni


Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Uni match

Uni match

Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

Study planner

Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

Study planner

Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student doing homework

Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

Study help links and info

Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

Sponsored content:



Find out how a Higher Education Achievement Report can help you prove your achievements.

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.