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

A musical christmas

A Musical Christmas

Over 100 students performed brilliantly to a packed house at the 2014 Christmas Concert. Upper Sixth student Matt Brown became compere for the night and introduced the Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band, String Quartet, Rock Choir, Chamber Choir and soloists with a full programme of music including, the festive tunes, Frosty the Snow Man, Baby its Cold Outside, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

The Chamber Choir performed a beautiful version of My Lord Has Come followed by Carol of the Bells, while the Rock Choir stuck to its roots with Happy by Pharelle Williams and Fix You by Coldplay. A dazzling String Ensemble, ably directed by music student Vicki Fenech performed Carol Dance and the amazing sound of the full concert orchestra brought to life Let’s Get Loud, Theme from Robin Hood, Let it Go, Desperado and few Christmas numbers including All I want for Christmas is You.
Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music at the college commented “ I am extremely proud of all the students who took part. I was very impressed with their professional attitudes and high level of performance standard. We don’t believe in giving our students easy music to perform and yet they always rise to the challenge with enthusiasm and energy. I would like to thank them for their commitment and hard work.”

The soloists who catered for a range of musical tastes deserve a mention. Caleb Rowan and Beth Duck (who performed on the acoustic stage at Guilfest) both individually sang their own composition work. Lauren O’Mahony and Bethan Martin who play acoustic guitar and sang in beautiful close harmony performed a mesmerising version of the River by Sarah McLachlan. Octavia Fox, Harry Grace and Dan Robertson performed their own composition entitled Girls and Tom Feasey performed a demanding piano solo, Dance of the Knights by Prokofiev.

This was a night of fine music and great entertainment; the next occasion when these performers will gather together for the Godalming community will be at the Dan Eley Spring Benefit Concert held at the United Reform Church. Details of the concert will be available on the Godalming College website in the new year.

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Godalming College is a great place to study. We achieve exceptional exam results, we have first class modern facilities.