Gap year students



UCAS Application Day for Hills students taking a Gap Year:  Friday 1st September at 9.00am.

Staff available all day to help with UCAS applications.

UCAS 2018 Advice Day Presentation for students taking a Gap Year.

Links to UCAS Videos: 

Gap year activities of some of our recent leavers

Jonnie (Comberton Village College) and his twin brother put academia on hold whilst they pursued life as song writers in London. They signed a worldwide publishing deal and began writing with artists such as Ellie Goulding, One Direction, McFly and Lilly Allen!  One gap year quickly turned into four but, importantly, Hills Road were on hand to help with Jonnie’s 2016 university application, “It was as if I'd never left!''  Jonnie has secured a place King's College London to study Biochemistry.

Eleanor (Soham Village College) studied A levels in English Literature and Language, Psychology and Media Studies. During a gap year she worked as a Learning Support Mentor in the Study Skills department at Hills Road.  Eleanor attended classes with students who have SEN/physical disabilities and acted as a mentor to students with organisational/time management/effort problems.  She spent the summer travelling around Central America and sightseeing in Amsterdam before returning to study Occupational Therapy at the Brunel University, London.

Abai (St Bede’s School) studied A levels in German, Maths and Computing before spending time in Ethiopia, working with a charity for women.  Afterwards he spent time travelling around the Ethiopian cities and seeing historical landmarks.  Abai then went onto Germany and undertook a language course whilst learning about German culture.  This autumn he will be taking up a place at the University of Sheffield to study Computer Science.

Jasmine (Parkside Community College) studied A levels in Art, English Language and Maths.  Jasmine went on to do the Art Foundation course at Cambridge Regional College, where she was able to extend her existing knowledge and skills of art and design. Alongside her studies she also continued working part-time at John Lewis and was also a marketing intern for Hills Road’s Alumni Network. In this role she helped build the network as well as promoting and communicating it through social media, emails and was able to create interesting news articles to engage and interest with alumni.  The experience she gained from her time at CRC, John Lewis and Hills Road has enabled her to pursue a full time career as Marketing Co-ordinator with a company in Cambridgeshire.

Evan (Coleridge Community College) took a gap year after studying A levels in Physics, Chemistry, and Double Maths. For 8 months he worked full time in Cheyney Design and Development, an engineering company which is based outside Royston. Whilst there he helped with the design and manufacture of x-ray inspection systems for industry.  Afterwards he went travelling around South East Asia from Vietnam to Malaysia. Evan has secured a place to study General Engineering at the University of Durham.

Olivia (Bottisham Village College) studied A levels in History, Psychology and Sociology. During her gap year she worked full time as a Clinical Research Support Assistant for the Department of Epidemiology at Cambridge University for 6 months, working on the Fenland 2 study on development of type 2 diabetes. Daily tasks included preparation of study materials, data entry and communicating with volunteers, study coordinators and the field team. In April she went travelling around South East Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia before returning to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester.