What A-level students considering deferring to take a gap year should do

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Rather than mass-deferrals to 2021, current date suggest thats there has been a 19% increase in people un-deffering.

As much as the prospect of socially distanced freshers weeks, virtual drinking games and toga-parties for one may not fill the young student heart with excitement, heading to university this year may not be a bad idea.

Not only will the cut back social life leave studying front and centre of the undergrad's life, getting to work may be a smart move as the inevitable, years long recession hits. This kind of scene will not be welcoming students this September (Image: SWNS) Read More Top 30 benefits of getting old including no longer caring about what other people think

The pace at which the economy is slowing down may also be enough to put young people off having a gap year for fear trips away may be more difficult to finance.

For those coming to the end of their undergraduate degrees, holding off from plunging into the world of work may seem wise, whether via a post-graduate degree or trip away.

A study by Prospects showed 28% of final-year students have had job offers cancelled or deferred since the crisis.

Another aspect wanna-be students may want to consider is whether universities will allow them to defer. Students may not be able to defer their hard worn places (Image: PA)

Many institutions have said that they cannot guarantee places for next year, such is the turmoil and chaos caused by the virus.

Jude Tyrrell from Saltdean wants to defer the year but Cambridge, where he has a place to study computer science, but has been told by the university that offers cannot be guaranteed for 2021.

Despite that, the prospect of embarking on a whittled-back university experience is not filling the 18-year-old full of joy.

“It just feels like my experience is going to be vastly different to everyone else I know,” he told The Telegraph. This kind of debauchery is also not on the cards (Image: SnapperSK)

For students like Jude who may not want to take up their place this year, there are many other choices - even if deferring is not on the cards.

One of the obvious options is going abroad.

While international travel has been made more difficult by the virus, there are still a lot of opportunities for young people abroad.

Fluent English speakers are still sought after as foreign languages teachers, or via online language schools such as Go Overseas.

Equally the holiday market is favouring the brave buyer at the moment. Kate Middleton is one of those who has got stuck in in the UK (Image: Getty Images)

Cut price deals on flights are there to be found for those willing to run the risk of contracting the coronavirus on a long haul flight or get stuck in a far flung country.

For those wanting to stay at home there may well be a surplus of volunteering oppirtunities.

Resources like the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Volunteering Matters and Do IT catalogue hundreds of roles for enthusiastic do-gooders. Coronavirus outbreak