We are happy to consider applications from students who wish to take a year out of study before starting university.
However, please note that in many subject areas, deferred entry applications can be highly competitive.
Please contact the relevant College admissions team before submitting an application to check whether they will consider a deferred entry application for your chosen degree programme.
There are two ways to apply if you plan to take a gap year:
Applications for deferred entry are considered for almost all of our degree programmes.
However, competition for places is extremely high and applicants applying during their gap year, with qualifications achieved, will often be in a stronger position than those applying for deferred entry with predicted grades.
Applicants to Veterinary Medicine, and applicants for full-fee overseas Medicine places, who wish to take a gap year, will not be considered for deferred entry, and should apply during their year out.
SQA applicants to Medicine who wish to take a gap year are strongly encouraged to do so after completing S6.
You should include in your UCAS personal statement details of how you intend to spend, or have spent, your gap year.
This is particularly important for subjects such as Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, where a year out provides an opportunity to extend your education and prepare you for your degree studies.
To best prepare for mathematics or language degrees, we recommend that you use your gap year to undertake work that will maintain your mathematics or language skills.
Further information about deferred entry and other study routes is available from the College admissions teams.
This article was published on Feb 24, 2014