Programmes for years 10 to 13, or up to 24 years of age if studying at a local College.
These work experience opportunities are open to students attending a school or college within Cambridgeshire, extending to students who attend school/college just over the border.
Schools and colleges within our catchment area are notified of the programmes below and places are allocated via an application process through the Work Opportunities Team. Attendance requires authorisation from the school/college either a Career’s Advisor or your Tutor.
The application form and programme information will be available via your career’s advisor or work experience coordinator and can also be found at the bottom of this page.
We are usually oversubscribed but we try to give each local school / college two placements per programme for students. The decision is via the ability of completing a good application and demonstrating their interest in the programme subject.
We request that students contact us directly regarding their work experience and not the parents. Please note we do not contact everyone on receipt of application or if unsuccessful in securing a placement.
If you are successful, confirmation will be sent nearer the time of placement, or once booking for the programme is closed.
For more information about our work shadowing placements, please click here
Year 10 Work Experience: Dates TBC
This week long programme is for year 10 students from local schools who are interested in working in the NHS and would like to know more about it. As students are under the age of 16, this is delivered in the classroom through presentations, talks and activities. This is a very popular and oversubscribed programme. We therefore work with the school’s career advisor / work experience coordinator to select the most suitable students.
Applications for this programme must be submitted before 28 February 2022. All applicants will receive an email advising of placement outcome.
Programmes for years 11 to 13
- Caring in the NHS: 04 and 05 May 2022 – Closing date for applications is 22 April 2022
This two day programme gives students the opportunity to learn more about some of the Allied Health Professions, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, Nutrition and Dietetics, Theatre staff, Healthcare Support Workers and Paramedics. The programme is delivered through presentations, demonstrations and skills based activities.
- Nursing and Midwifery: 01 March 2022 – Closing date for applications is 16 February 2022
This programme offers a deeper insight into Healthcare Support, Adult, Paediatric and Mental Health Nursing as well as Midwifery, exploring the various routes and career pathways available.
Programmes for Year 12 & 13 only
- Medical Work Experience Programme plus 1 day placement: Wednesday 23 March 2022 – Closing date for applications is 22 January 2022
This two day programme is for sixth form students considering a career in medicine to answer the question “is this the right career for me?”
The first day is a proactive classroom based programme with speakers and presentations from a range of clinical staff, offering the chance to ask questions and find out what University interviews are really like. During the following week the students will be allocated a day when they shadow a Consultant in Cambridge University Hospitals or Royal Papworth Hospital. During this time they may observe patient consultations, ward rounds, clinic/ department procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings and emergency care. There is also the opportunity to observe in one of our Theatres for students over the age of 17. Please state if you are interested in a theatre placement.
- Cambridge Clinical Research Centre : Dates to be confirmed
We offer students chance to participate in some work shadowing in the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre. This 3 day programme provides students with a chance to spend time meeting researchers, watching clinical skills, touring our research facility and labs. The programme aims to cover the Ethics of research, Metabolic research, patient and public involvement, early phase trials in Oncology and Paediatric research. (Subject to programme change)
If you are interested in attending an Insight Programme at CUH please speak to your Careers Advisor at college for authorisation (if it is in college time) in the first instance and obtain an application form, or download the application form here.
Confirmation of placement will be sent once the programme has closed to applications, so please make sure you check your spam box.
Unfortunately we are unable to respond directly to all applicants who have not secured a placement due to quantity of requests.