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



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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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ClassAction's Autumn Season

The highlight of the Autumn Season has been our tour of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” a tragic romance of love, loyalty, sensuality and suicide. This was an exciting, new physical theatre production, a highly visceral exploration of love and loss. Our company of young practitioners had so much attack and passion, and that, mixed with a wonderful contemporary sound track ensured that this new take on a Shakespearean classic resonated with the present day to thrilling effect.

The production was toured to our feeder schools and played to over 240 year 10 and 11 students. Our young practitioners also led physical theatre workshops with them in their schools. Romeo and Juliet returned home and played two sell out shows in Studio 816.

A 100 strong capacity audience in Studio 816 was enchanted by ClassAction’s “imagineNATION” workshare at the end of this term, featuring reimagining’s of some classic performance texts. Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama and Dance said “it was wonderful to see our students exploring classic texts and taking that into their performance practice.” The audience were treated to an eclectic mixture of dance, performance and song.

The evening began with a dynamic and pulsating version of Rosas Danst Rosas featuring ten dancers and ten chairs in rapport with one another, in a dance full of intense physical energy. Here the abstraction of movement builds and gradually allowed the audience to recognise the series of small, concrete emotional narratives being played out.

Then came the lyrical quality of Chalk Farm exploring the London riots of 2011, employing the performance techniques of Le Coq, Frantic Assembly and Tadashi Suzuki.This was followed by a wonderful dance piece inspired by the work of practitioners Siobhan Davies and Akram Khan.

The evening concluded in a celebration of Christmas with an original ballet choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Snow Flakes”. It was a very special moment watching our young practitioners, many of whom have never danced ballet, perform with such precision and clarity.

“imagineNATION” was a wonderful performance, that sent the audience home with a warmth and an understanding after a high end cultural evening.

ClassAction Theatre encourage our training practitioner to network and form professional links. This networking was formalised at the end of this term as we hosted a Practitioner’s Panel, where we welcome back ex-practitioners who are currently studying drama, dance, performing arts in some of the country’s top Drama and Dance Schools for a question and answer session with our current practitioners.

ClassAction have also supported the Waverley Federation and hosted an ACTING UP Day, of workshops, seminars and question and answer sessions for 80 Year 9 students from our feeder schools.

The day involved all these young practitioners working together exploring; Mime, Mask Work, Voice Work, Devising and Physical Theatre – followed at the end of the day by question and answer session with ex-Godalming student Max Bowden who is currently appearing as Justin Fitzgerald in the BBC’s Waterloo Road.

ClassAction have now begun pre-production work for February’s production of the ‘feel-good contemporary musical’ “Sunshine on Leith” recently made into a film. The production aims to demonstrate our diversity – a light, commercial musical - and hopefully attract a new audience to our work.

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