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


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Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit for 16-19 learners

Godalming College have recently been working with the Surrey Assessment and Learning Lab at the University of Surrey to conduct research on how 16-19 year old students respond to written feedback.  The result of the project was the development of a toolkit to use in the classroom by one of our teachers Neil Winstone.  It specifically promotes student engagement with assessment and feedback, known as DEFT (Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit).  Trials of the toolkit at Godalming with teaching staff and students, across a broad range of subject areas, were very successful with some key findings informing not only best practice at Godalming but contributing to the research at the University of Surrey.

The results of this project show a significant increase in students’ feedback literacy after using the resources and highlight the need for Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time (DIRT) to develop skills.  With the introduction of linear A Levels (harder content, tougher marking and students taking exams at the end of course) it is important that students are reflecting on their performance and developing their skills over the two years of the course to make sure that they are fully prepared to take their ‘one off’ exam. 

The results of the study have been promoted throughout the College and through the consortium of nine individual colleges in Surrey and Sussex, known as S7, which has improved teaching practice locally.  Further afield high school teachers in Seattle, USA and Malaysia have also been using the ‘Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit 16-19’ after a presentation at the UK Study Group Conference.

Godalming are now involved in another research project with the University centring on how and what students can recall of the feedback they have received with results to be published soon.

Olly Stevens, Director of Teaching and Learning says ‘Godalming College prides itself on their exceptional teaching and learning and are at the forefront of pushing educational pedagogy. The partnership with the Surrey Assessment and Learning Lab is a great way to test our teaching methods and contribute to the wider literature on the subject.

Dr Naomi Winstone, Director of the Surrey Assessment and Learning Lab at the University of Surrey, said: “The way feedback is given, received and integrated within learning has been a focus for improvement in higher education in recent years. With Godalming College, we’re delighted to have been able to work to apply what has been learned within a Sixth Form context. This project has enabled university lecturers and college teachers to learn more about each other’s professional experiences, providing really important practical insights into the transition from school and tertiary education to University – ensuring the impacts of the project will extend well beyond Godalming College.”