Year Course is aimed at FZY’s members and the wider British Jewish community aged between 17 and 19. Although the majority of chanichim will be those wishing to spend a constructive year in Israel prior to commencing studies for a degree, the course is not restricted to those going on to further education.
The year in Israel should not be considered a “year-off”. Professional educators run the Year Course programme and the discipline of studying and volunteering are an integral part of the course. However, Year Course should be seen as a break from the formal regimented education of school days and a transition to the teaching methods and individual initiative that are part and parcel of British higher education.
Most institutions of further education encourage a years break before beginning a degree if the year is spent in a constructive manner on a course such as this. The experience of a year of study and opportunities in Israel provides chanichim with the perfect grounding for their entry into further education on their return.