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


oxbridge

Aiming High at Godalming College

In 2015 63 students at Godalming College took part in the Aim High programme, which introduces high achieving students to the entry requirements of Oxford and Cambridge universities or specialist courses such as Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine or other prestigious courses. These specialist universities or courses have very competitive tests and interviews and commonly only a small number of those applying will successfully get an offer of a place.

Each year students are prepared for this tough process by extending their knowledge beyond that of A levels, through qualifications such as the Extended Project Qualification, debating, conferences and challenge opportunities such as the Science and Maths Olympiads. Each year many able students take part in Chemistry, Biology and Maths Olympiads and in recent years students have competed internationally, in a small team representing Great Britain. Teams of students also take part in debating competitions again with recent successes in the very competitive Oxford Union Debate.
2015 has been a very successful year for students who have been included in the Aim High programme with a specific interest in the medical world. Seventeen students received offers in 2015, three students took their places for Veterinary Medicine: Gracie Rudman at Surrey, Sophie Evans at Nottingham and Emily Collings-Wingate at Surrey: nine students took their place to study Medicine including Oscar Hardy at Southampton, Liam Cole at Brighton and Sussex, Alexander Thomas at Oxford, Holly Edwards at Cardiff, Kristina Grundy at Manchester, James Sandell at Newcastle, Bethany Clarke at Exeter, Oliver Brown at Aberdeen, Fatima Hamid Rashid at Imperial and budding Dentist Bianca Coveva went to Newcastle. Two potential Vets changed their minds, one deciding to take a gap year and the other to study Biology at Sheffield instead, two potential doctors changed their minds, Faye Hammond decided that Chemical Engineering in Sheffield was for her and Scott Sussex who had offers from Birmingham, UCL and Cambridge to do medicine decided that his sponsored place at Harvard was too good an opportunity to miss.

This group of able science students was tutored by Head of Chemistry, Fiona Kennard who prepared them well. The aim of this preparation is for students to gain confidence and be exposed to different kinds of thinking in their field of study. It also includes training on the very daunting multiple mini interview where university applicants are subjected to a carousel of interviews throughout the day all with a different focus on their abilities or studies. A mock interview practice day will be held on the 12th November at Godalming College when Prof M Platt from UEA and Local GP Dr E Humphrys will be joining senior college staff to put next year’s hopefuls through their paces.

Fiona Kennard says of last year students “We are tremendously proud of our students, they have all worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserve their places for Veterinary Medicine or Medicine”.

In 2015, 67.4% of Godalming College students applied to go to university. 539 were successfully offered a place, over 35% of these were placed at Russell Group Universities. Other destinations include Art Foundation courses, Drama school, Conservatoire and sponsored degrees, successful students include Emma Dymott who chose Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and Maddy Pickering who went to the Royal College of Music.

The Aim High programme also prepared students for application to Oxford, Cambridge or other Russel Group Universities, this group is led by Oxbridge Coordinator and Sociologist Dave King, who has a great deal of experience of providing Information, Advice and Guidance to very able students. In 2015 eight students successfully went up to Oxford or Cambridge and one student to Havard University in the USA. Oxford students include, Edward O’Neill reading Biological Sciences at St John’s College, India Phillips reading French and Spanish at St Catherine’s, Isobel Hettrick reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Somerville College, Alexander Thomas reading Medicine at Queen’s College and William Flourie reading Mathematics at Worcester College. Successful Cambridge entrants include Rebecca Martin reading Human, Social and Political Sciences at Trinity College, Natasha Robinson reading Human, Social and Political Sciences at Robinson College and Robyn Bellinger reading Modern and Medieval Languages at Newnham College. Scott Sussex declined his place at Cambridge to study medicine and instead took his place at Harvard to take a liberal arts degree. These nine students between them achieved 24 A*s and 12 As in their exams.
Dave King, Oxbridge Coordinator says ‘The Aim High programme exists to offer immediate and useful support for students who are applying for competitive universities in their second year with us, primarily for Oxford and Cambridge but also for other elite institutions. It also offers considerable help and support for medical and related degrees. But its primary aim in the first year is to offer support for the aspirations of any student aiming to progress to a demanding university course.

Students who are hoping for an offer of a place on one of these demanding courses in 2016 have already completed their applications, as the early deadline for these courses is 15th October.