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

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Waterloo Road welcomes Max as new student Justin Fitzgerald

Max Bowden, an ex-student of Godalming College’s Drama and Performing Arts Department has made his TV debut in prime time drama Waterloo Road. In the 10th series, Max plays Justin Fitzgerald the new Headmasters son. Justin is mixed up and broody after the break-up of his family.

Max on the other hand is an intelligent and talented young actor whose lucky break came when he sent a tape to the show and they invited him to audition. His life changed in a matter of months but he hasn’t forgotten his roots and still calls in to college whenever he can as Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama and Dance describes below.
“Max is a passionate practitioner he always cared about the work he was creating, was excited about making theatre and he is driven to succeed. He was a pleasure to work with and continues to be a pleasure to be alongside when he returns to undertake work with the department.”

Max studied with ClassAction; A Levels in Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing Arts and an E.P.Q. in Performance – a wrap-around programme of study that offers not just a performance preparation but underpins it with academic rigour. All training practitioners also study ‘the industry’, writing CV’s, understanding training routes and employment opportunities, attending interviews and are also given audition advice and mock auditions in their second year of study. Max will be remembered at Godalming for his stand out performance as the Emcee in ‘Cabaret’, but he also took part in many other productions; “The Laramie Project” which toured to our local secondary schools, “Flies”, a new musical based on The Lord of the Flies, which gained Max full marks in his Performing Arts exam and as Perry Jackson in the new musical “Everything In Colour” which performed at Guildford Fringe Festival as well as at Godalming.

“Max was a fantastic lead; as an actor musician he gave a truly emotive central performance, lifting the songs and making them his own. He looked in his element on the stage in ClassAction’s production.” Leighton Carter author of “Everything In Colour.”

Max has been very generous of his time, and like many ClassAction alumni has returned to help out the department. He recently acted as technician and assistant director for the current practitioners as they undertook their practical exams. He has also returned alongside the many students who are currently studying at top drama schools; LAMDA, Central, East 15, Mountview, Arts Educational, GSA to sit on our ‘practitioners panel’ offering advice and help to current students. Max also took part in ClassAction’s ‘Acting Up’ day when we welcomed over 100 Year 9 students to college – undertaking a question and answer session about his work with the BBC.

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