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  


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


Celebrating Success

More than 125 students received awards for both Effort and Determination in their subject or for Outstanding Achievement at a ceremony at Godalming College called Let’s Celebrate. Other awards or memorial prizes were given to students for their contribution to the college or the community. 

A special prize ‘Against all Odds’ was presented to Sam Exworth, an outstanding student who has battled with health issues throughout his time at College, he also received the prize for Outstanding Performance in Law. Ellie Davis who has played the harp at every major College event throughout her two years was presented with prizes for; Contribution to Music by a non Performing Arts Student, Contribution to the Reading Scheme where students volunteer in local primary schools, and the Jack Phillips Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Drama or Music.

Tamsin Crossman received her prize for Contribution to Womens’ Football after captaining the team to 2nd place in the Surrey College League along with a prize for Effort and Determination in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. Archie O’Brian had a sweep of awards when he picked up; the Penny Wilkinson Memorial Prize for Outstanding Performance in Mathematics, Outstanding Performance in Product Design, and Effort and Determination Awards for Economics and Mathematics.

Other awards were made to Georgia Griffin and Esta Kissin for their contribution to the Holocaust Educational Trust, Andrew Pink for volunteering in Sport, working with primary age children and an award to Ellie Whitlock for Contribution to the Debating Group after making her way to the Oxford Union National Finals. Her experience at public speaking stood her in good stead as she made the speech on behalf of the Student Union, as its retiring Vice President.

This year 400 students have received the Sixth Form Baccalaureate, more than 100 with Commendation which recognises the significant contribution of students to their community and their own personal development. These students were recognised at the ceremony for their outstanding achievement with the acknowledgement that they have gone above and beyond their studies.  Godalming College is one of only 16 Colleges in the country to award the SFBAC to students.

Students and family members at the ceremony enjoyed drinks and canapé and were entertained by the College Jazz Band before the ceremony. For a brief moment the sunny lawns at Godalming College became a theatre space when the College’s theatre company ClassAction gave unique one to one performance.  If a character offered you their hand, you were whisked away to your own private space, a table laid for tea, a croquet match, a picnic on the lawn, or a bench in the park, and once there your own, ‘small talk’ performance occurred. 

Prizes were awarded by Hugh Pile, the retiring Chair of Governors who gave a gripping speech on his life and works which included working as a school teacher in South Africa during apartheid, as a journalist in Northern Ireland, Central America, South Africa and the Middle East. He gave an account of how this had led him to meet five prime ministers, two men that went on to become presidents of the United States and at least two men who became Chiefs of Staff with the IRA. Hugh believes that education is the greatest gift that one generation can give to another and is very proud to have been working and associated with Godalming College and to have held the office of Chair of Governors for the past six years.

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