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See yourself as a mentor?

If you can commit to full-time volunteering in London, the West Midlands (including the Black Country) or Greater Manchester we’d love to hear from you.

Application process

Have your resume and references
Choose your region

Select your first and second choice from London, the West Midlands or Greater Manchester.  Unfortunately, we can't guarantee a particular school but we will take your preference of primary or secondary into consideration. 

See which schools we're in
Create an account

Check your eligibility to access our online application form. The application itself takes around half an hour and you’ll need at least two references – from school, college, university, work or any volunteering you’ve done.

Find out if you're the right fit
Find a place to focus

This is an opportunity for you to find out about us and for us to find out about you. Read more about what to expect below and take a look at our pre-assessment checklist.

Pre-assessment checklist

"These pupils really do need our support. It all starts with you."

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Next steps

Our assessment day is split into two stages; an academic assessment and an interview, so we can connect and talk about your interests and skills. The academic assessment covers GCSE foundation level maths and English. If that makes you apprehensive, why not have a look at the BBC Bitesize website before your interview?

Your local recruitment officer is here to help

Don’t be nervous about your application or interview. They are an opportunity for us to get to know you and understand why you want to do City Year, and for you to learn about us too! Our local recruitment officers are on hand to talk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

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Application deadlines

We recruit on an ongoing basis for an August start and also have a limited number of shorter placements available. Contact to find out about current volunteering opportunities available in your area.

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Been accepted?

There are lots of ways to keep in touch before you start your City Year. Find out more.

Keeping in touch after being accepted


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Any questions?

Check out our top tips for applying blog and FAQs page – they might have the answers you are looking for!

Application top tips


“When I first came across City Year I saw it as a way to fill my gap year, to get some experience and save some money before going back to uni. Now that I've completed my year and experienced so much after it, I see it as one of the biggest and most important investments I have made for my future."

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