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

Dan Eley in San Salvador

Dan and Friends

This year, under the leadership of Tessa Duncan, 11 students have joined a group of supporters to help raise funds and awareness of the charity founded by a former student, Dan Eley. Dan was a volunteer charity work in the most dangerous and impoverished areas of Latin America before he broke his neck in a freak swimming accident in the Amazon, 5 years ago.

Dan now lives in Godalming and has used his time of inactivity (he is paralysed from the shoulders down) to fulfil a long-held dream to found his own effective charity to give skills and encouragement to disadvantaged young people so that they can help themselves out of poverty.

The Dan Eley Foundation has formed strong links with Godalming College and already two former students have gone over to Colombia to help out with the partner charity there. So far Dan's work has enabled 120 impoverished young people from the slums of Cali, in Colombia, to train in IT book-keeping. The scheme also finds work placements and the majority of its graduates are now in full-time, white-collar employment.

The foundation recognises that there is poverty in our own "rich" county of Surrey and Dan raises funds to enable disadvantaged local youngsters develop their skills and talents.

At a recent Dan Eley Foundation quiz a team of Friends of Dan (FODs) from Godalming College proved to be the backbone of the event. Without their help the foundation could not have managed to make the evening such a success. The Mayor of Godalming, Liz Wheatley, complimented the students on their hard work and initiative and it is because of them that over £4,000 was raised to help give apprenticeship bursaries to local youngsters.

Friends of Dan also hold monthly cake sales at the College and, to date, over £400 has been raised by their efforts. Their work for the charity will go towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Thank you the FODs!
In addition to this, the College Rag Week raised over £1,000 towards the work of the foundation and the Trustees would like to convey their very grateful thanks to Praise Nyenge and all students who gave their time and enthusiasm to help this fledgling charity.

Find out about the Dan eley Foundation at

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