• Alternatives to University

Not going to university this year? Thinking about taking a year out? There are plenty of things you can do. Take a look at some of the options available and follow the links for more information. Or, if you're still looking for a place on a uni course, check out all our Clearing resources.


Thinking about taking some time out of education next year? Fancy a bit of an adventure or just want a change of scenery? A gap year can also be an opportunity to save some money ready for the costs associated with goin to University.

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Deciding to enter the world of work or and get straight on the career ladder? You don't need to go to University to kickstart your career, here are some helpful areas of the site to get you on your way.

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Looking for relevent expereince to boost your CV, skills or application? Interning and gaining work experience can be a great way to get the skills and experience you need for your desired future career.

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Studying Abroad

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You can offer your services to worth while courses in a number of different ways. If you're considering volunteering, read up on what's available and realise what you can get out of it.

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By joining an Apprenticeship you can gain relevent qualifications as well as gaining the practical skills whilst in the workplace. As an apprentice, you will also earn as you learn but receiving a wage from your employer.

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Year in Industry

Taking a year in industry means working in a paid placement during your gap year, before you head off to university. Run by the Engineering Development Trust a year in industry can be your ticket to skills, knowledge and experience at high quality areas of industry.

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