Planning a round-the-world trip? There’s never been a better time to take a year out! Teenagers on gap years can now earn Ucas points to help them secure places at university.
It’s thought activities such as whale watching, trekking and diving can be used to get a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) – the equivalent to an A grade at AS level.
Those who gain level 3 in the certificate will receive 70Ucas points – a valuable contribution to your overall score. So what you waiting for? Start planning that volunteering trip in South Africa or do your PADI diving certificate in Colombia guilt free!
NB. Students can also complete the CoPE without taking a year out. It’s aimed at anyone over the age of 16 and some study for it by doing voluntary work during their A-levels.