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

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

ClassAction's production of SUNSHINE ON LEITH was an excellent evening of entertainment 'worth walking 500 miles for'. 

This new ‘feel-good musical’ by Stephen Greenhorn wove The Proclaimers back catalogue into a narrative involving two soldiers, Davy and Ally, returning home to the foot of Leith-Hill from Afghanistan, where they try to rebuild their lives. It doesn't go smoothly. Ally's marriage proposal is rejected by his childhood sweetheart. Clearly unaware she's in a musical, that young woman – a nurse disillusioned with the part-privatised NHS – moves to the US to seek career fulfilment instead. Meanwhile, Davy gets a job in a call centre while his parents war over the discovery, years on, of dad's infidelity. These three very different love stories are intertwined creating a funny, poignant and hugely entertaining show.

“This is the first time this new stage-musical has ever been performed in the south-east and ClassAction are thrilled to be working with these songs by The Proclaimers with all their emotional honesty, sing-along raucousness and political fire – they are a true gift to the stage.” Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama and c/o Director of ClassAction

Sunshine on Leith explores family and relationships with upbeat feel good songs which this production will spill out of the stage and amongst the audience immersing them completely in an in-the-round staging of this funny and moving story about love and life. SUNSHINE ON LEITH is a vibrant, energetic piece of musical theatre, loved by audiences and critics alike.

The Proclaimers, who have had huge success across the globe with hits such as 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)',' I'm on My Way' and 'Letter From America' and have written stunning songs that have a bite and pathos to them that make them feel as if they have been wrenched straight from the heart. This hit stage show was also recently transformed into an acclaimed film.

“Sunshine on Leith is a bitter-sweet journey through the lives of ordinary working class folk and, as such, will touch the hearts of everyone who sees it. We want you to join us for this Sunshine party.” Andrew Pullen

ClassAction raised money during the run of “Sunshine on Leith” for “Forces Children Trust” through raffles and collections. The Forces Children’s Trust is charity devoted to helping children whose father or mother has died, or has sustained life threatening injuries whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.

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