Gap Year

Gap Year

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

If you have ever thought about taking some time out to grow spiritually, learn more about yourself and your life’s purpose, and participate in unique service activities and trips, then taking part in the Gap Year programme at Newbold could be one of the most enriching, fulfilling and faith-affirming experiences of your life.

This programme blends academic studies with voluntary, mission-oriented activities that may help you decide what your passion is and what direction you would like the rest of your life to take.

In addition to your studies, you will be able to get involved in all aspects of Newbold campus life, including worship, social activities, sport, campus ministries, and educational and cultural trips.

If you would like to participate in a volunteer placement following your Gap Year experience at Newbold, we will help you to select, apply and prepare for your possible placement.

Who it is for
The Gap Year is designed for those who are 18 and over who would like to take a break after completing secondary school and before starting a degree programme. It is also ideal for students who want to take a semester or academic year out of a degree they are studying.

If you are undecided about which degree choice or career pathway to pursue, the Gap Year is an excellent opportunity to reassess your life goals and to sample what Newbold has to offer.

DURATION
One or two semesters

STUDY MODES
Full-time, part-time

INTAKE
Autumn Semester (September),
Spring Semester (January)

TOTAL PROGRAMME CREDITS
Flexible, depending on your package choice

PROGRAMME LEADER
Dr Sandra Rigby-Barrett

OFFERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Andrews University (United States) and Washington Adventist University (United States)

WHY DO YOUR GAP YEAR AT NEWBOLD?

In addition to the high quality teaching and education that we provide, enrolling in the Gap Year will give you the chance to:

  • Experience mission and volunteering in a European context and learn how to meet Europe’s unique needs for service.
  • Discover your path through life development coaching in a Christian context.
  • Gain a global perspective from our culturally diverse staff and from your fellow students, who represent around 50 different nationalities.
  • Tailor your studies to match your lifestyle by choosing one of our three available study packages and creating a programme that suits your needs.
  • Utilise our academic facilities, from our well-stocked library with its efficient electronic resource service, to the Ellen G. White Research Centre.
  • Study a programme whose credits are transferable and recognised internationally, allowing you control over your future.
Doing the Gap Year and going on the mission trip was a great source of inspiration for my current studies, and as a result of my experience at Newbold I realised what my personal mission could be.
Anni Elina

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

This flexible programme is designed to offer you a wide variety of academic modules and service and spiritual development opportunities within one or two semesters.

For each semester you are enrolled in the Gap Year programme you can take up to four three-US-credit modules (depending on the package you choose), including:

  • Mission and Volunteerism (compulsory for those who enrol in the Autumn Semester)
  • Cultural Anthropology (highly recommended but not compulsory, offered in the Autumn Semester)
  • Additional modules from the following offerings:
    • Business Studies (including options such as management, marketing, accounting and economics)
    • Liberal Arts (including options such as English literature, British history, fine arts and performing arts)
    • Theology and Religious Studies (including biblical studies, historical studies, ancient languages and theological studies)
    • Health and Wellness (modules held in intensive mode during the summer)

Compulsory and suggested modules

Mission and Volunteerism (Autumn Semester) – RELG360G
Compulsory
You will study issues of altruism and compassion as you prepare to serve by helping others.

Cultural Anthropology (Autumn Semester) – ANTH200
Suggested
An introduction to the main themes and perspectives of cultural anthropology. This module provides you with a platform for you to unveil complex cultural compositions of a variety of societies.

Elective modules

Choose from any of the business modules that we offer in partnership with Washington Adventist University. We recommend that you choose modules that give you an awareness of the cultural influences that affect management and modules that explore the philosophies and principles of international marketing, economics and accounting. Examples of such modules include:

  • Economics for Business (ECON265) – 3 credits
  • Principles of Management (MGMT301) – 3 credits
  • Principles of Marketing (MKTG310) – 3 credits
  • International Marketing (MKTG425) – 3 credits

Find out more about our offerings in Bachelor of Science in Business Studies.

Choose from our range of modules in English literature, history and fine arts – known as our British Heritage Suite – offered in partnership with Andrews University. Through these modules you will have the opportunity to experience a unique learning environment in the classroom and beyond as you participate in trips and tours to related and significant sites of cultural, literary and historical interest.

You will encounter authors such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Dickens, TS Eliot, Woolf, Tolkien and CS Lewis through studying modules such as:

  • Text on Film and Location I (ENGL225A) – 3 credits
  • Text on Film and Location II (ENGL225B) – 3 credits
  • English Literature in Context I (ENGL478A) – 3 credits
  • English Literature in Context II (ENGL478B) – 3 credits
  • CS Lewis, Literature and the Religious Life (ENGL425H) – 3 credits
  • Shakespeare Drama Practicum (ENGL425I) – 3 credits

You will explore historical locations such as the dungeons and execution spots of the Tower of London, or marvel at Henry VIII’s Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace. You will study why turnips helped to take over the world through modules such as:

  • Reformation to Revolution (HIST437F) – 3 credits
  • Empire to Entropy (HIST437G) – 3 credits
  • British History in Context I (HIST378A) – 3 credits
  • British History in Context II (HIST378B) – 3 credits
  • Anglo-Saxon Britain (HIST345) – 3 credits

Find out more about our offerings in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.

Choose from any of the theology and religious studies modules that we offer through our partnership with Andrews University in our undergraduate degrees in theology and religious studies. We recommend that you choose foundation modules that allow you to begin to explore and gain knowledge in this area, such as

  • Foundations of Biblical Studies (RELG360C) – 3 credits
  • Foundations of Christian Theology (RELG360D) – 3 credits
  • Religion and Ethics in Modern Society (RELT340) – 3 credits
  • Law and Writings in the Old Testament (RELB216) – 3 credits

Find out more about our offerings in the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies.

Our Certificate in Health and Wellness is offered over the summer and gives participants the opportunity to learn how to share the Adventist lifestyle in their church and local community by learning more about nutrition and dietetics, fitness, wellness, the benefits of a vegetarian diet, and of regular exercise and physical fitness. You may choose to study modules from this programme over the summer, which is currently the only time these modules are offered.

Find out more about the modules offered within the Certificate in Health and Wellness.

We have several Gap Year study packages that you can choose from, to tailor your studies to your lifestyle and budget. For current package prices, please visit our [tuition and fees] page.

Package one

Package one covers the Autumn Semester only, which runs from early September to mid-December, and includes:

  • Accommodation: a shared room with shared bathroom facilities
  • Meals: a standard meal plan of 12 meals a week
  • Tuition: modules worth up to nine US credits*
  • Personal development: a regular schedule of local service and volunteering opportunities,

PLUS your choice of

  • Weekly personal life development coaching sessions with an experienced mentor/counsellor on a one-to-one basis,

OR

  • An additional three hours of volunteering per week
  • Service trip: airfares, travel insurance, accommodation and meals for a ten-day service or mission trip within Europe

*If you would like to enrol in an additional module, to total 12 US credits, there will be an additional cost. You may also choose to replace the personal development life coaching sessions with one three-credit module at no extra cost.

Package two

Package two covers the Spring Semester only, which runs from late January to early May, and includes:

  • Accommodation: a shared room with shared bathroom facilities
  • Meals: a standard meal plan of 12 meals a week
  • Tuition: modules worth up to nine US credits*
  • Personal development: a regular schedule of local service and volunteering opportunities,

PLUS your choice of

  • Weekly personal life development coaching sessions with an experienced mentor/counsellor on a one-to-one basis,

OR

  • An additional three hours of volunteering per week

The annual service/mission trip is held during the Autumn Semester so is not available as part of Package Two.

*If you would like to enrol in an additional module, to total 12 US credits, there will be an additional cost. You may also choose to replace the personal development life coaching sessions with one three-credit module at no extra cost.

Package three

Package three covers one full academic year (Autumn and Spring Semesters), which run from early September to mid-December, and late January to early May respectively, and includes:

  • Accommodation: a shared room with shared bathroom facilities for the duration of each semester
  • Meals: a standard meal plan of 12 meals a week
  • Tuition and personal development
  • Autumn Semester: up to nine US credits

PLUS

  • Weekly personal life development coaching sessions

OR

  • An additional three hours of volunteering per week
      • Spring Semester
          • Up to 12 US credits

        OR

          • Nine US credits

        PLUS

        • weekly personal life development coaching sessions
  • Service trip: airfares, travel insurance, accommodation and meals for a ten-day service or mission trip within Europe, held only during the Autumn Semester

*If you would like to enrol in an additional module, to total 12 US credits, there will be an additional cost. You may also choose to replace the personal development life coaching sessions with one three-credit module at no extra cost.

TEACHING STAFF

The following staff teach in this programme, in addition to those who also teach modules from the College’s offerings in business studies, theology and religious studies, and health and wellness:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be accepted into this programme, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language you will also need to have demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of English to study at this level, or to have taken one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (mandatory for visa students) – Minimum average of 6.0 overall, with no subtest below 6.0
  • Cambridge First Certificate (CEF) – Minimum grade C

FEES

Newbold’s fee structure is competitive, especially compared with universities in the United Kingdom and with Adventist higher education providers in the United States.

There is a number of all-inclusive packages (tuition, meals, accommodation, and trips where applicable) available for the Gap Year programme, depending on whether you would like to study for one or two semesters.

Find out more about our tuition fees and use our cost calculator to estimate what your study plan might cost.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

Through the Gap Year programme you will have the opportunity to:

  • Reassess your life goals, plan for your future, and find out more about yourself
  • Develop a deeper understanding of mission and volunteering
  • Gain practical experience in service to others

If you decide that you would like to enrol in one of Newbold’s degree programmes, or return to a degree programme in the US or country operating a US-style programme, then the credits gained here will be transferable within the US higher education system.

If you would like to complete a service or volunteer placement following the completion of your studies we will help you to choose and prepare for this (providing the placement takes place within dates of the College’s semester).

Doing a volunteer placement gives you the opportunity to give back to your community or to contribute to another one, to make a difference to the people around you or to those who need support, and to develop new skills or build on those you have gained through your study and experience.

The Gap Year gives you the chance to study a variety of modules to which you might never otherwise be exposed. Combined with the options of volunteering and the service trip, you will gain a wide range of valuable experience and the personal development to help with future study and work opportunities.

ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS

Newbold is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council for Further and Higher Education, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The Gap Year programme is offered in partnership with Andrews University (United States) and Washington Adventist University (United States).

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