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


A Class Act

This Summer term has been a busy time for the college’s resident performance training company ClassAction. Eleven of our practitioners have now gained places at some of the top dance and drama schools in the country with another gaining a place at the world leader – “RADA” who have a 1:100 applicants to offers conversion rate! Other schools where Godalming practitioners are starting in September include: East 15, Drama Centre, Rose Bruford, Oxford School of Drama, Urdang and Italia Conti. We are so proud that our developing ethos of offering a unique performance art programme that aims to create a first class performance preparation training course that is underpinned by academic rigour and depth of reflection is having this profound effect and we are capitalising on this in September with the introduction of our new ‘Foundation Programme’ which includes the new Performing Arts Diploma. Godalming College celebrates its success in training new practitioners for an industry that is worth £8.8 million an hour to the UK economy (Sajid Javid). It has also been a pleasure to welcome back alumni practitioners to work with our current classes; Sam Thomas who has just graduated from Mountview (CA-2011-2013) returned to lead a Masterclass, as did Lucy Hewitt (alumni, who has also returned as a dance tutor) We also celebrate the wonderful work of Seb Cannings (CA 2010 – 2012) who is currently working as Assistant Production Manager on the new Harry Potter play in London – The Cursed Child. Godalming College has gained a unique reputation as one of the leading performance arts departments in the country and our alumni are now working in all fields of the industry, and more importantly – they are generously giving their time and their advice as they return to Godalming to network with our current practitioners. 

PROVOKING, ENTERTAINING, POPULAR AND ECLECTIC: Performance work has run every week from the second week in March offering the whole college community a chance to watch weekly performances that have displayed an eclectic mix of styles, genres and influences – and our ‘Contemporary Theatre Festival’ played to consistent ‘full-houses’ and featured more plays than ever;  22 full productions, over 4 weeks! There are not many other colleges, let alone arts venues that are producing that scale of work. Indeed 2015-2016 has seen over 54 different productions – some playing for one night, others for a week run – in Studio 816. ClassAction offers so many performance opportunities to our practitioners and to the wider college community.
We celebrated Shakespeare’s 400th birthday with “All the World’s A Stage” an immersive theatre event created by Godalming College’s performance company “ClassAction” exploring the work of The Bard – offering unique one-to-one performance experiences to audience members.

ClassAction were also pleased to premiere a brand new juke-box musical - DON’T LIKE MONDAYS for this year’s Festival of Creativity a piece developed by this young company from the provocation; “Pressure. Unbearable pressure. It’s the force that turns coal into diamonds and children into monsters!”

Virtual Tour

Godalming College is a great place to study. We achieve exceptional exam results, we have first class modern facilities.