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

Scott Sussex

Scott Sussex wins place at Harvard University

Scott Sussex, 17, from Chertsey who is completing his A levels at Godalming College, has won a place and a financial aid package to study at Harvard after participating in the Sutton Trust’s US Programme run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
Last summer, Scott competed with 2,200 applicants to win one of 175 places on the summer school programme where he spent a week at Yale University and visited Harvard. The programme also provides intensive support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over a number of months before and after the US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.

Scott’s academic success is impressive, teaching himself Maths A level while still at Winston Churchill School. At Godalming College he completed a Further Maths A level in one year together with 4 other AS level courses and will complete 4 A levels this year and an Extended Project Qualification. One of these A levels will be the Additional Further Maths A level and Scott will be one of only 50 students in the country each year to complete it.

Scott gives his time freely, supporting and mentoring other students in Maths and Science and volunteering at the local hospital whilst also holding down a Saturday job. He has recently turned his attention to memory training and has recently taken part in the Spanish Memory Championships.

Scott will be the first in his family to go to university and he is excited about the prospect of studying in the US. His interest began when he attended the Fulbright Commission’s USA College Day in London. The attraction of the US is that it provides a broad education in the early years which allows him to maintain his interest across a wide range of scientific disciplines. The Sutton Trust made his dream more realistic and he intends to make the most of every opportunity that they have provided for him.

‘This time last year studying at a US university seemed merely a distant possibility. I’m extremely grateful to The Sutton Trust Programme, which has provided me with financial advice, test preparation and application mentoring that would have otherwise eluded me. Similarly, the absolutely outstanding careers advice and support by teachers provided at Godalming College has been crucial in going through the difficult application process. The US provides a world-class yet broad education, which will allow me to continue exploring my numerous academic and extracurricular interests. The kind of support offered by the US programme and my college is invaluable in lowering the boundaries between education systems around the world, and providing such opportunities.” says Scott

Scott is one of 38 students who have been selected under the early application deadline to US universities, and more students will be applying by the January deadlines with results available later this spring. (The biographies for all admitted students and scholarship finalist can be found online at: ).

The 38 participants admitted early have been offered a total of approximately $8.5 million (£5.5 million) of financial aid from the universities over the next four years.


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