Take your Gap Year in the UK

When most Brits think gap year, their thoughts turn to tropical beaches Far East Asia, or mountain treks in South America, but plenty of people stay much closer to home and take gap years in the UK. And why not! There are plenty of options available, from volunteer work to paid jobs and internships. Apart from the financial savings on transport, not to mention your carbon footprint, we can help your find some great ways to spend your gap year in the UK. Whether you are looking to earn a bit of extra money or develop some new skills to help in your chosen career, we can help.

Or maybe you live in Europe, South Africa or Australia and are thinking about spending some time in the United Kingdom as part of your gap year. We cannot promise unbroken sunshine or world class surfing beaches, but the UK is a great gap year destination with plenty of opportunities for temporary or seasonal work.

We created our UK gap year page in direct reponse to requests from visitors to our website who either wanted to take some time out before embarking upon their career, or were looking for a sabbatical from work in England, Wales or Scotland. For some people the chance to explore another country or continent is a desired part of the experience, but if money is tight, or you have ties to the UK, then it is still perfectly possible to take a gap year in the UK.


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Let us find your perfect UK Gap Year. We can put you in touch with a few outstanding providers who can help you plan and cost your adventure.

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University Basics Cookery Course

University Basics Cookery Course


Is ordering a take-away the sum total of your culinary excellence? Does having a dinner party mean splitting a frozen pizza? Come and join us in the kitchen and you will soon not only be fending for yourself but also impressing friends and family with your new culinary repertoire and skills.
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Make an enquiry with Flora's Kitchen

Activity Leader – Childcare - London

Activity Leader – Childcare - London


Join the Fit For Sport Delivery Team as an Activity Leader – Child Care Qualified. Childcare NVQ level 2 (minimum) or similar you will support the business with your knowledge and experience of compliance e.g. sign in / sign out, headcounts accident and incident reporting procedures as examples.
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Make an enquiry with Fit For Sport




Chalet Cooks Course

Chalet Cooks Course


At the Abinger, you'll build your confidence and culinary skills and learn to create and present contemporary dishes to a fine-dining standard. We love to have fun with food and all of our courses are hands-on, practical and inspired! We offer both 5 & 10 Day Chalet Cooks Courses.
Make an enquiry with Abinger Cookery School

RYA Dinghy Instructor

RYA Dinghy Instructor


This comprehensive five-day course (minimum age 16) enables candidates to teach beginners up to Seamanship Skills and Spinnaker courses.
Make an enquiry with Aqua Sports

Mountain Chef-Training Course

Mountain Chef-Training Course


An intense course, giving you kitchen confidence and the practical training you need to truly amaze your guests and manage your chalet kitchen safely and confidently. Mountain Chefs specialise in providing Chalet Chef Cookery Courses. Our open-plan kitchens provide the perfect learning environmen
Make an enquiry with Mountain Chefs

6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme

6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme


6 weeks of an intensive, professional outdoor instructor training programme including the key Internationally recognised qualifications employers within the Watersports sector are looking for, opening global work opportunities.
Make an enquiry with Plas Menai

Chalet and Villa Cookery Course

Chalet and Villa Cookery Course


You may feel you have nailed the fluffy souffle or can knock up a pretty mean curry but have you got what it takes to work in the industry? If you have already got the basics under your belt, this course will help you refine and extend these skills so that nothing will faze you in the kitchen.
Make an enquiry with Flora's Kitchen

Activity Leader – Childcare - London

Activity Leader – Childcare - London


Join the Fit For Sport Delivery Team as an Activity Leader – Child Care Qualified. Childcare NVQ level 2 (minimum) or similar you will support the business with your knowledge and experience of compliance e.g. sign in / sign out, headcounts accident and incident reporting procedures as examples.
Make an enquiry with Fit For Sport

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)


Walesby Forest is an outdoor activity centre set in over 250 acres of Sherwood Forest, with more than 80 years of heritage and a friendly team at it's core. We offer young people the opportunity to enjoy more than 30 exciting activities including abseiling, climbing, watersports and quad biking.
Make an enquiry with Walesby Forest

Activity Leader – PE - Middlesex

Activity Leader – PE - Middlesex


Join Fit For Sport’s as an Activity Leader – PE. Reporting to the Site Manager you will responsible for the planning and delivery of curriculum driven Physical Education within our Schools Programme in line with our Fit for Sport guidelines and values.
Make an enquiry with Fit For Sport

Activity Assistant - London

Activity Assistant - London


With our hugely popular Camp and Extended Schools programmes growing in the number of locations and attendance figures, Fit For Sport are seeking to expand our Delivery Team with the addition of Activity Assistants.
Make an enquiry with Fit For Sport

Activity Leader – PE - London

Activity Leader – PE - London


Join Fit For Sport’s as an Activity Leader – PE. Reporting to the Site Manager you will responsible for the planning and delivery of curriculum driven Physical Education within our Schools Programme in line with our Fit for Sport guidelines and values.
Make an enquiry with Fit For Sport

Activity Site Manager – Slough

Activity Site Manager – Slough


Join Fit For Sport, the UK’s largest Extended School’s and Active Camp provider as an Activity Site Manager.
Make an enquiry with Fit For Sport

Activity Deputy Site Manager – Milton Keynes

Activity Deputy Site Manager – Milton Keynes


Due to growth in the business Fit For Sport are now seeking to expand our Delivery Team with the addition of a Deputy Site Manager.
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Camp Leader / Senior Instructor

Camp Leader / Senior Instructor


This role involves management of a team of Tribe Leaders and Field Cook, as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of running an inspiring residential camp, you will be looking after your camp through facilitating activities for students during their stay with us.
Make an enquiry with The Bushcraft Company