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    I am currently in year 13 and have decided to take a gapyear as there is no chance of me getting into my chosen course(optometry), I will apply next year as i'll have my grades ready which will hopefully be AAA. Can anyone give me any advice about what to do in my gap year?I cant volunteer abroad as im not really allowed or financially ready for that right now..any ideas on what i can do ? Has anyone taken a gap year and got in?How was the application process? Doesnt need to be optom related btw thanksss
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    (Original post by 2579)
    I am currently in year 13 and have decided to take a gapyear as there is no chance of me getting into my chosen course(optometry), I will apply next year as i'll have my grades ready which will hopefully be AAA. Can anyone give me any advice about what to do in my gap year?I cant volunteer abroad as im not really allowed or financially ready for that right now..any ideas on what i can do ? Has anyone taken a gap year and got in?How was the application process? Doesnt need to be optom related btw thanksss
    You can volunteer in this country too and/or you could try to get a job. You should check with your school or college whether they'll want you to apply through them or independently - probably the former as it's easier for them to deal with the reference that way.

    As long as you are doing something constructive with your gap year, it won't have any negative impact on your chances of success.
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    (Original post by 2579)
    I am currently in year 13 and have decided to take a gapyear as there is no chance of me getting into my chosen course(optometry), I will apply next year as i'll have my grades ready which will hopefully be AAA. Can anyone give me any advice about what to do in my gap year?I cant volunteer abroad as im not really allowed or financially ready for that right now..any ideas on what i can do ? Has anyone taken a gap year and got in?How was the application process? Doesnt need to be optom related btw thanksss
    Why is there no chance of you getting in?
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    'Sup

    I'm currently on my gap year, having finished college last July and have just firmed my offer to go to Cardiff University this September. I knew I wasn't interested in applying for Uni until I had my A-Levels complete (didn't know what grades I could actually achieve), and I told myself I would go from there. It helped a lot because whilst my peers were worrying about uni, all my focus was on my exams.

    I let my college know I didn't want to apply for uni until I finished, and they offered me the opportunity to apply to ucas through them, instead of applying individually. I'm not sure all colleges will let you do this, but this helped me massively as I now had a written reference from a lecturer in the college I was at.

    I'm on my gap year now, and like you I was unsure what to do with myself for a whole year. I thought about volunteering, but the financial constraints played a part in it. I decided to work on achieving a handful of moderate goals that I could focus on (I mentioned this in my personal statement). I've been working in a local supermarket, getting a lot more hours in and saving a decent portion of my wages for University. This helps out a lot for when you start uni, you're richer than everyone else As well as that, I've been learning to drive (badly), working towards a grade 5 piano exam, started going to a gym, and SOCIALISING because I don't have A levels to revise for mwahahahha.

    It may not seem like a lot, but I'm pretty content right now. Make sure you save time to do whatever you want, as It's so important! Make sure your gap year is worth it though, you should remain productive. Don't wanna start uni in vegetable mode.

    Hope this helps
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    Have you thought of getting a job in the NHS as it's great expierence for any health care profession
    Health care assistants as bank staff are usually available at all hospitals
    We get lots of people working in our hospital whilst at uni and the skills are transferable and you get relatively well paid

    Contact the recruitment service of your local hospitals


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    (Original post by DisturbedCustard)
    Why is there no chance of you getting in?
    Predcited Grades were Bs
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    'Sup

    I'm currently on my gap year, having finished college last July and have just firmed my offer to go to Cardiff University this September. I knew I wasn't interested in applying for Uni until I had my A-Levels complete (didn't know what grades I could actually achieve), and I told myself I would go from there. It helped a lot because whilst my peers were worrying about uni, all my focus was on my exams.

    I let my college know I didn't want to apply for uni until I finished, and they offered me the opportunity to apply to ucas through them, instead of applying individually. I'm not sure all colleges will let you do this, but this helped me massively as I now had a written reference from a lecturer in the college I was at.

    I'm on my gap year now, and like you I was unsure what to do with myself for a whole year. I thought about volunteering, but the financial constraints played a part in it. I decided to work on achieving a handful of moderate goals that I could focus on (I mentioned this in my personal statement). I've been working in a local supermarket, getting a lot more hours in and saving a decent portion of my wages for University. This helps out a lot for when you start uni, you're richer than everyone else As well as that, I've been learning to drive (badly), working towards a grade 5 piano exam, started going to a gym, and SOCIALISING because I don't have A levels to revise for mwahahahha.

    It may not seem like a lot, but I'm pretty content right now. Make sure you save time to do whatever you want, as It's so important! Make sure your gap year is worth it though, you should remain productive. Don't wanna start uni in vegetable mode.

    Hope this helps
    Thanks Soo much this is so helpful especially as im hoping to go to Cardiff Uni, what did you apply for? I am definitely going to learn how to drive next year, well try anyway but Ive applied for jobs and the trouble is you need experience which i dn have. My sixth form college told me to apply through them and they also said that hey would help with my personal statement (thank god), speaking of which how did you incorporate what youre going to do in it, and how much work experience did you have for your course? Honestly thanks SO much for the answer youre basically where i want to be next year lol anyway good luck for uni!
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    (Original post by oceanmum)
    Have you thought of getting a job in the NHS as it's great expierence for any health care profession
    Health care assistants as bank staff are usually available at all hospitals
    We get lots of people working in our hospital whilst at uni and the skills are transferable and you get relatively well paid

    Contact the recruitment service of your local hospitals


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    Hi! Thats a good idea but do you know he specific job titles? Also, I dont have much experience at all except for volunteering in a charity shop but I doubt that will count. Do you have any tips for applying? Thanks btw
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    Thanks Soo much this is so helpful especially as im hoping to go to Cardiff Uni, what did you apply for? I am definitely going to learn how to drive next year, well try anyway but Ive applied for jobs and the trouble is you need experience which i dn have. My sixth form college told me to apply through them and they also said that hey would help with my personal statement (thank god), speaking of which how did you incorporate what youre going to do in it, and how much work experience did you have for your course? Honestly thanks SO much for the answer youre basically where i want to be next year lol anyway good luck for uni!

    It's cool! I'm gonna be studying pharmacology at Uni. I didn't quite have the grades but it looked fun so I took the chance and got in eyyyy.

    With regards to jobs, you barely need experience. I mean I'm working at Tesco, and you didn't need experience at all. Just to show the employer your commitment to work in the interview. I thought I wanted to do Medicine, so I did a week's worth of experience in a GP Surgery, shadowing doctors on emergency calls as well as working in the dispensary n that sort of stuff. I'd do a little research on what sort of experience you could do for the general type of course you're interested in taking, and write a bunch of letters to people asking for experience. Even if it's working in a care home that sort of thing unis will love. Also you could perhaps ask your lecturers in College what sort of experience you could apply for?(They've gotta be nice and friendly letters tho fam). I incorporated all this sh*t into my personal statement talking about how doing this leaves me in a productive state of mind for uni, allowing me to broaden myself/mature etc. I mean you've only got 4000 characters to cram it all in for the personal statement, but it's good to mention it.

    Good luck for your A-Levels man, and everything else 👍👍👍👍👍
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    It's cool! I'm gonna be studying pharmacology at Uni. I didn't quite have the grades but it looked fun so I took the chance and got in eyyyy.

    With regards to jobs, you barely need experience. I mean I'm working at Tesco, and you didn't need experience at all. Just to show the employer your commitment to work in the interview. I thought I wanted to do Medicine, so I did a week's worth of experience in a GP Surgery, shadowing doctors on emergency calls as well as working in the dispensary n that sort of stuff. I'd do a little research on what sort of experience you could do for the general type of course you're interested in taking, and write a bunch of letters to people asking for experience. Even if it's working in a care home that sort of thing unis will love. Also you could perhaps ask your lecturers in College what sort of experience you could apply for?(They've gotta be nice and friendly letters tho fam). I incorporated all this sh*t into my personal statement talking about how doing this leaves me in a productive state of mind for uni, allowing me to broaden myself/mature etc. I mean you've only got 4000 characters to cram it all in for the personal statement, but it's good to mention it.

    Good luck for your A-Levels man, and everything else 👍👍👍👍👍
    Well Done! Pharmacology looks good in Cardiff Uni. I have no idea how you passed that online test for Tesco literally everyone says its impossible, no joke. You must hve a really good CV and personal statement.
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    Hi there,
    I'm doing my gap year this year having originally applied to go to uni this year. However, once I got there I realised I wasn't ready for uni and decided to take a gap year so deferred my entry to 2017. I currently have a job to gain some experience and raise some cash for uni. Finding a job is the most obvious thing to do. You can then save up money for uni as well as possibly raising money to enable you to go volunteer abroad over summer. The alternative to that is volunteering.
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    Just chill.

    You won't be able to do it again till you're, like, 70, or dead.
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    (Original post by 2579)
    I am currently in year 13 and have decided to take a gapyear as there is no chance of me getting into my chosen course(optometry), I will apply next year as i'll have my grades ready which will hopefully be AAA. Can anyone give me any advice about what to do in my gap year?I cant volunteer abroad as im not really allowed or financially ready for that right now..any ideas on what i can do ? Has anyone taken a gap year and got in?How was the application process? Doesnt need to be optom related btw thanksss
    Personally i dont think u needed a gap year.U wanted to study Optometry but u needed AAA grades however u are predicted BBB?They can still give u a conditional offer where their say u need these grades and u will get in.

    A story of mine is that I didnt have predicted grades since i was studying privately where i had no teacher so nobody could predict me grades.This means i had no predicted grades.I applied to universaties where they wanted AAB/ABB(I wanted to do chemical engineering or electrical engi) and they gave me conditional offers.I applied to universaties in the top 25.

    Rather than having a gap year and not knowing what to do , u could revise and give the exams in june and see what happenes.Even if u dont get a place,u can still go through clearing.As long as u have the grades then u should get a place for what u wanna do!
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    Personally i dont think u needed a gap year.U wanted to study Optometry but u needed AAA grades however u are predicted BBB?They can still give u a conditional offer where their say u need these grades and u will get in.

    A story of mine is that I didnt have predicted grades since i was studying privately where i had no teacher so nobody could predict me grades.This means i had no predicted grades.I applied to universaties where they wanted AAB/ABB(I wanted to do chemical engineering or electrical engi) and they gave me conditional offers.I applied to universaties in the top 25.

    Rather than having a gap year and not knowing what to do , u could revise and give the exams in june and see what happenes.Even if u dont get a place,u can still go through clearing.As long as u have the grades then uld get a place for what u wanna do!
    I am predicted BBC but optom is really competitive and the deadline for applying has passed in my school but are you saying that can go through clearing or adjustment in the summer if i havent applied?
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    (Original post by 2579)
    I am predicted BBC but optom is really competitive and the deadline for applying has passed in my school but are you saying that can go through clearing or adjustment in the summer if i havent applied?
    It is competitive but they can give u a offer of something like"If u get XXX grades in xxx subjects then we will give u the place."

    The deadline for most of the courses including optometry is on sunday.U still have to apply on ucas if u want to go through clearing since u need the ucas code.After the 15th u can still apply but it will be counted as a late entry.
 
 
 
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