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

Emma Young

New Principal for Godalming College

Godalming College is delighted to report the appointment of a new Principal. Emma Young, who is currently Deputy Principal at Esher College, will be starting her new post at the College in September following the retirement of David Adelman. 

Emma is a firm believer in Sixth Form College education and has spent her entire career working in the sector. She started her career as a Geography teacher at The Sixth Form College Farnborough. In 2005, she joined the Senior Management team of Esher College as Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Staff Development and was then promoted to Deputy Principal in 2010.

“It is a real privilege to be taking over from David, he has done a fantastic job in leading Godalming College to be consistently one of the highest achieving colleges in the country.  I am very excited about my new role and I am really looking forward to working with the students, staff and governors to ensure the continued success of the College.” says Emma Young

David Adelman has been Principal of Godalming College for 15 years, and like Emma was previously Deputy Principal at Esher College. The Ofsted ‘outstanding’ College has improved on all fronts under his leadership. It is in the top ten of sixth form colleges in the country for both A level grades and value-added at A level, an exceptional achievement. The popularity of the College has increased in his time with a 35% increase in student numbers. Finally he has orchestrated a £14million accommodation strategy to rebuild and refurbish the College campus to provide stimulating and contemporary spaces for learning in the 21st century. This project will be completed this year with the opening of a new English and Modern Foreign Languages block and new sports pitches on a newly acquired 11 acre site.

David says, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the College. There have been some sticky moments relating to funding cuts and perverse government policies but we have negotiated these pretty well.  And I’m proud to have been able to lead an institution with such a strong sense of community, a great staff, and a great tradition of scholarship and innovative teaching and learning. I’ll be very sad to leave.”

Brenda Jenner, Chair of the Godalming College Corporation says “We are delighted to make such an excellent appointment to our outstanding College and I look forward to working with Emma over the coming months.   However, it will be very sad for us to say farewell to David Adelman as he begins a very well-earned retirement.  David’s intellect, energy and enthusiasm have made an enormous contribution to Godalming College.  He of course leaves with a big thank you from the College Corporation and our best wishes as he begins new endeavours in his retirement.”

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