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

Dan Eley Concert

Musical addition thanks to the Dan Eley Foundation

In March 2015 the Dan Eley Foundation organised a concert at the United Reform Church in Godalming with musicians from Godalming College and guest speaker Ben Elton who attended Godalming College as a student.

The music department at Godalming College is well known for its excellent performances and the Spring Benefit Concert was a special occasion with over 100 students taking part, showcasing classical, jazz, choral, music from films, popular music and students original composition work.

A special moment was when the choir joined Andy Duerden, a singer songwriter to perform ‘Hey Traveller’ a song that he wrote to raise money to bring Dan Eley back from Columbia after the accident that has left him a quadriplegic.

The concert and associated fundraising raised over £5,000 to help other talented young musicians in Surrey who cannot afford their own instruments or music lessons.

We are pleased to announce that the Dan Eley Foundation has made a donation of a double bass to the music department at the College.

Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music at Godalming College say ‘Thank you ever so much for your generous donation of our fabulous new double bass. We will now be able to have a double bass in our orchestra, jazz band and string group. Students who play the double bass will no longer have to have the difficulty of trying to transport their instrument to and from college. Luckily we have a Music teacher at College who plays the double bass and he will be able to provide basic tuition for any students wishing to learn to play.

The first public appearance of the double bass will be on 9th December when the music department is holding its Christmas concert.  Tickets available from

Thank you to everyone who supported the Spring Benefit Concert this year, a similar concert will take place on 23rd March 2016 with funds raised going to disadvantaged young people in Surrey and Cali, Columbia.


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