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

Students from the Hospitality and Event Management with Fay Sharpe

Muscle Dreams Can Come True

Fay Sharpe, Chair of Trustees of the Muscle Help Foundation picked up a cheque for £1,500 when she visited BTEC Hospitality and Event Management students at Godalming College.  The students, led by student project managers, Josephine Chalmers and Ben Leonard ran two different events.  The first; a Pamper Evening aided by local businesses providing everything from Spray Tanning to Hypnotherapy, the second a Refreshers DJ night for College students with local talented DJs, at the Boileroom in Guildford.

The two groups  of students made a combined total profit of £1,500, which was handed over to the Muscle Help Foundation Charity.  The charity works with young people who cope with Muscular Dystrophy believing that by providing personalised experiences and making dreams come true they can have a great impact on young people’s wellbeing.  The charity affectionately refers to fundraisers as Muscle Warriors and any money raised goes to helping the Muscle Dreams come true.

Fay Sharpe says ‘I had no idea that the students would be so very successful in raising this amount of money for the Muscle Help Foundation.  The amount raised will provide Muscle Dreams for several young people and I am very pleased to receive this cheque.”

The BTEC Hospitality and Event Management provides an excellent basis for students wanting to progress into the Hospitality and Event Industry, learning all aspects of planning, organisation, marketing, customer service and analysing performance.  As part of their second year studies all students have to plan and manage an event as part of their assessment for the Subsidiary Diploma qualification.  In parallel to the TV programme the Apprentice students organise themselves into a team with a project manager, deciding on the event and their aims and objective.  One of the objectives of the task is to clearly budget to make a profit.  Each year the profits are donated to a charity chosen by the students, this year’s teams made the decision that any profits went to the Muscular Help Foundation.

Furthering their contact with the Foundation, the students have been offered work experience, to help support the young people with Muscular Dystrophy on experience days. 

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