Careers Programme

Careers Programme


At Godalming College we recognise the importance of goals and progression for our students.  Our Careers Programme is designed to maximise the opportunities for students to explore options whether they are initially clear on their career goal or not!  Guidance is one of our core Strategic Aims:  To provide high quality support and guidance, focusing on individual needs, interests and abilities, enabling students to confidently progress onto their next step beyond College.

Our team of highly experienced Careers professionals support and guide the teaching teams in high quality provision of careers information using tools such as Unifrog to help students explore all progression options and make the best choices. Specifically, we aim to help students understand themselves, to develop the knowledge and skills to investigate opportunities in learning and in work and to manage transitions in learning, progressing into appropriate pathways of further and higher learning and work. We support applications for a whole variety of applications for further education, higher education, specialist courses, apprenticeships (including degree apprenticeships) and employment.
We offer support to students who wish to apply for competitive specialist courses and degree courses which have additional requirements to the standard application process; this includes applications for Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Music, Art and Drama.  Extra requirements can take the form of entrance exams, aptitude tests, portfolios, interviews and selection days.  This support takes the form of additional timetabled sessions, of one to one support and guidance in subject areas and one to one support for applications through the personal tutorial Shaping Futures programme.

All students have the opportunity for impartial advice and guidance from qualified Careers Guidance Professionals as well as ongoing support from subject teachers, personal tutors and senior tutors.  All students also have the opportunity to access support for work experience.

In addition to the programmes below, students have access to a variety of presentations and meaningful encounters with employers, universities and gap year organisations both in College and by attending external careers events.

Our Careers Lead is Carol Horlock, Assistant Principal, who is responsible for strategic direction supported by Christine Hudson, Head of Careers as the lead for CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance). They can be contacted at careers@godalming.ac.uk  

Pre-enrolment

Year 10 and 11 Open Evenings, Federation Careers Day, School Liaison events, Course Advice Sessions, Going to Godalming (Taster) Days

 

 

Access one year course

Year 1

Year 2

External events

Term 1

Enrolment interview Individual tutorials Study and work skills: Time management, Online reputation, building resilience, selling yourself

Enrolment interview Individual tutorials

Getting started

Getting involved

Reflecting on transition

Reflecting on performance

Independent learning techniques

Individual tutorials to discuss applications / destinations

Third Student Review Applications, CVs, personal statements

Employability skills

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

University applicant days

 

 

Term 2

Individual tutorials Study and work skills: Interview success

Careers Options: Careers planning, job search, Unifrog, CVs, course research, re-application to 6th form, careers interviews, HE possibilities, Apprenticeship show

Individual tutorials

First Student Review

Introduction to Careers

UCAS Convention

Job & Apprenticeship Fair

National Careers Week

Next Steps Evening for parents

Individual tutorials Interview practice, Student Finance

Gap years Fourth Student Review

Social media job hunting

Personal Finance

Independent Skills for Living

Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair

 

 

UCAS Convention

 

 

National Apprenticeship show

Term 3

Individual tutorials

Individual tutorials to discuss applications / destinations

Second Student Review

Learner Voice

Personal Statements and CVs

Future Fridays programme of Careers talks and workshops

Individual tutorials Learner Voice

Results and Beyond

University Open days

 

 

 

Post results:

Post results service: results and careers support, destinations follow-up


outstanding results

Outstanding Results for Godalming College students

Yet again Godalming has achieved an excellent set of exam results. Principal David Adelman says ‘I am delighted that the hard-work and talent of our students and teaching staff has paid off with such rich rewards. The College has improved its A level pass rate to 99.4%  and its A* - C grade to 82.2% and sustained an already high A*-B grade rate at 60.3%. In the context of the national picture in which A level standards are getting harder this is an exemplary performance. The BTEC performance is also excellent with 100% pass rate on all BTEC qualifications, with 66.7% recieving a Distinction* or Distinction grade. We have nearly 800 students who have taken A level and BTEC qualifications this year and these results will enable our students to progress to higher education or employment where I'm sure their success will continue."
 

One student who stands out from the crowd is Sam Exworth, from Woking, who started at Godalming College 2009. In his first year at the College Sam was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.  After 8 months of intense chemotherapy and cranial radiotherapy Sam was preparing to return to College only to get the devastating news that the cancer had returned. Further treatment and a life-saving stem cell transplant plus a strong determination led Sam to start A level subjects in 2012. With support from his family he has remained strong and upbeat throughout. He completes his A levels this year a fantastic A and two Bs.

Some notable student achievements include successful debating duo Elliot Thornton, ex-Rodborough student and Ellie Whitlock from Leatherhead. Both have been part of the executive committee of the Student’s Union and both have taken part in debating, reaching a very respectable place in the national finals of the Oxford Union competition, arguably the toughest school debating competition in the world.  Elliot who has achieved A*s in History and Maths A level, an A grade in English Literature along with a B in the Extended Project Qualification will take his place at Oxford in the Autumn.  Ellie, who has achieved two A*s in Biology and Chemistry and an A in Mathematics A levels plus an A* in the Extended Project Qualification will be taking her place at Cambridge.

An ex-Glebelands student Claudia Welbourn-Green, will also be heading to Cambridge this year to study Veterinary Medicine after undertaking a great deal of work experience in this field. She regularly volunteers for the Riding for the Disabled Association and is a keen horse woman herself. An Extended Project Qualification provided her with the opportunity to research the controversial topic of Badger and Bovine Tuberculosis, she is a star Chemist and has taken part in the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition and completed a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award whilst at College. She is celebrating her achievement of A*s in Biology and Chemistry, an A in Mathematics and an A* for the Extended Project Qualification.

Music student Daniel Garel, from Leatherhead, has had a very busy time whilst studying A level Music, French and English Literature plus an Extended Project Qualification. He has performed as a member of the College Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, Concert Orchestra, Saxophone Ensemble and Barbershop Quartet as well as being part of the Royal College of Music junior department and becoming a composer for the National Youth Orchestra and performing with the BBC singers. He leaves Godalming with two A*s and two A grades along with some great experiences working towards the Gold Duke of Edinburgh and a four week trip trekking and taking part in a development project in Nepal.

Another music enthusiast is Emma Marks, from Weybridge, who studied physics, maths and music plus the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology. She is now looking forward to taking her place on the world famous Tonmeister (Sound Engineering) course at the University of Surrey.

The College maintains its outstanding results and national reports continue to provide a picture of students doing better than previously expected within a culture that supports academic achievement but also ensures that students become thoughtful and active citizens. 

Exam results