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It is essential that students of all ages at Ridgewood are aware of the educational, vocational and career options available to them at every stage of their learning.

We view the changes introduced by the Education Act of 2011 as an opportunity to be more innovative and creative in our approach to careers guidance. The menu of support includes individual careers guidance for those students who need it, but it also extends to group work and other activities, such as support for accessing and researching information. Dedicated information sessions on both Higher Education (HE) and apprenticeships are offered, led by specialist consultants from external providers to share expert details of the pathways available.

Independent, impartial careers advice can be found at

Apprenticeships and HE

After studying at Ridgewood, some students may wish to take up an apprenticeship. This is a job with training which allows you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Most of the training is delivered in the work place, with an element of ‘off the job’ training which usually takes place with a training provider or at a college.

Anyone over the age of 16 and not in full time education can apply. Apprenticeships are increasingly being recognised as the gold standard for work based learning. There are over 250 different industries to choose from with more than 1,400 different job roles and up to 15,000 vacancies available at any one time.

Many students want to continue academic study once they complete their sixth form studies at Ridgewood. We guide students through the UCAS process as successfully, smoothly and early as possible with the help of specialist support, including contacts at UCAS, the University of Cambridge and the University of Huddersfield. We also encourage students to attend open days at universities where they may be interested in applying, in order to experience the institution first hand. The UCAS process starts in Year 12 for all students who wish to apply for Higher Education. For further information please visit or find some helpful videos on the UCAS youtube channel.


  • An internship is a job, paid or unpaid and usually temporary, which involves training for a professional career. At Ridgewood, we make these part of our whole school approach to maintaining close links with local employers and being part of the local community.
  • At Ridgewood, our internship programme supplies genuine internship experience to 16-18 year olds who are enrolled as full-time students, working collaboratively with local employers in a flexible way, using a training provider to manage the contract.
  • In the majority of cases, internships will be arranged in holiday periods where suitable, though some experience may also be arranged on an appropriate 'sandwich' basis during term time. Longer internships for students may also be available.

For more information about careers, you could visit an independent website such as