Deputy Head of Admissions interviewed in The Times

Lee Hennessy, Deputy Head of Admissions, featured in The Times this week discussing the advantages of working during a gap year.

She was asked whether taking a break between A levels and university was a good idea, and what impact this decision may have on an applicants’ future studies.

Lee said: “In some cases [a gap year] could affect the outcome of an application positively.

“This will apply particularly to degree programmes that require or prefer applicants with relevant work experience.”

Lee identified health, social care and engineering as subjects where a year of work experience may give an applicant a competitive edge. She also highlighted a year working abroad, improving language skills and gaining confidence, as an advantage to those studying modern languages.

“However, you need to be clear what position your university choices hold on deferred entry and gap years,” she added.

“If you are successful in gaining a deferred place it’s important to think about how you can use your time out constructively both for your course and for your future employability.”

To read the full interview click here.

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