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I am thinking about a gap year. Is this a good idea? Will I be penalised on the admissions decision?

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I am thinking about a gap year. Is this a good idea? Will I be penalised on the admissions decision?
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Whether a gap year is a good idea will depend on your own circumstances and what you intend to do for the year. The experiences of travelling or working overseas will last you a lifetime, and the Department does not want to discourage students from undertaking such trips. Whether you intend to take a gap year never enters into our admissions decisions. There are, however, two warnings we feel are important for you to consider. First, there is the issue of lost wages. By taking a gap year at age 18 you will be delaying your entry into the labour market until age 22. Your earnings as a 21 year old university graduate would have been considerably higher than your earnings as an 18 year old with three A-levels. Second, it may be more difficult for you to get back in the habit of studying after a year away.

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