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

Becky Dodds, Spreading Her Wings

The start of 2015 begins with an inaugural exhibition for a bright young talent to the McAllister Thomas Fine Art Gallery. Dodds was born in Surrey. She studied Art A level at Godalming College before joining the foundation course in art at Falmouth University and continuing her studies at Bath Spa University where she completed a Degree in Fine Art in 2014. Becky's abstract landscape paintings are formed using predominantly oils but also manipulated with a number of other mediums to produce stunning textures and finishes.

"I am a painter who is interested in the landscape both in macrocosm and microcosm. My own passion and understanding of the landscape is of paramount importance and primarily comes from my experiences of being within it. Interested in how we view the land and how our interaction with it makes us feel, my paintings possess an ambiguity which is held between the figurative and the abstract.

My work is ephemeral. I attempt to capture the transient nature of the land. I’m focusing more on our emotional attachment or responses to the land. This often requires me to focus on incidental elements of the land.

Capturing a sense of the land requires me to often work quite intuitively; adapting the paint, through the addition of mediums, in order to change the performance of the material. I am as fascinated by the behavioural characteristics of paint as I am in the painting process – the reactions of different materials to create the varying surface qualities upon the canvas. For this relationship to take hold I am required to control only aspects of the making process such a tone and palette; leaving intuition to play its part.

Light has always played a major part in my work. Light can affect colour and tone, but also it can illuminate as well as block out our view. Colour is extremely important, playing with light/space and sensation. I feel passionately that for a viewer to connect with a subject, an artist should leave out as much as they put in to a painting. This allows the viewer to have a more tacit relationship with the canvas and in my case with the land."

The exhibition of paintings will be run from 17th January until the 3rd February 2015. For further information and to receive a catalogue please contact the gallery.

McAllister Thomas Fine Art
117 High St

t +44(0) 1483 860591
m +44(0) 7828 444 178

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