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

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A Night of Celebration at Godalming College

Ex-Godalming College student Andy Salmon CMG OBE joined the College for a ceremony to celebrate students’ awards for Effort and Determination or Outstanding Achievement in subject areas. Further prizes for contribution to the college, community, sport or music were also awarded to students at the Let’s Celebrate event on Friday 26th June. 

A special prize for ‘Overall Outstanding Performance’ was awarded to Scott Sussex who has been successful in gaining a place at Harvard University with a full scholarship.  His schedule at College has been challenging, he will be one of maybe 50 students throughout the country to leave with 3 maths A levels, Maths, Further Maths and Additional Maths alongside other subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology and an EPQ qualification whilst also mentoring other students, writing a new science magazine for the college and working part time.

Tessa Duncan was presented an award for ‘Service to the Community’ for setting up the Friends of Dan, a group of students who support the fundraising activities of the Dan Eley Foundation. Tessa has been key to the success of this group who have supported events throughout the area.

Alannah Winn-Taylor received the award for ‘Overall Contribution to Performing Arts’ after her outstanding performance in Romeo and Juliet which toured local schools, she also contributed to the Choreography of Sunshine on Leith and for her energy, creativity and fervent dedication to College productions.

Two outstanding sports men/women have been awarded prizes for Business, they are Olly Batchelor who combines his studies at Godalming with playing cricket for Surrey, which has taken him all over the world and Emma Day who balances her studies with a gruelling training schedule whilst competing nationally and internationally at swimming events.

Godalming College’s guest for the evening, Andy Salmon shared his insights from leadership and conflict, helping leaders to grow stronger and better teams for the future and helping to create constructive environments for peace and reconciliation. His career which has spanned 36 years in the Royal Marines, becoming Commander of UK Amphibious Forces and Commandant General Royal Marines before moving to NATO where he built the new Comprehensive Crisis Operations Management Centre. He has been involved with every major world conflict in the last 40 years and now is a member of the Human Security and Civil Society Research Unit at the London School of Economics.

Students and family members at the ceremony enjoyed drinks and canapé and were entertained by the College Jazz Band before the ceremony. For a brief moment the sunny lawns at Godalming College became a theatre space when the College’s theatre company ClassAction gave unique one to one performances.  If a character offered you their hand, you were whisked away to your own private space, a table laid for tea, a croquet match, a picnic on the lawn, or a bench in the park, and once there your own, ‘small talk’ performance occurred.

A musical interlude during the prize giving ceremony involved talented musicians, Maddy Pickering, Holly Scott and Victoria Fenech. Maddy who will be joining the Royal College of Music later this year on a scholarship is the co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra and first Violin.  Holly is Principal Viola for the Surrey Youth Orchestra and for Pro Corda Chamber Orchestra. Vicki is co-leader of the English Schools Orchestra and the Surrey Youth Orchestra and was leader of Stoneleigh’s workshop and performance of Shostakovich’s 5th symphony.  

2015 Let's Celebrate award winners

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