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

Words of Little Red Cap by Carol Ann Duffy

Poet Laureate opens new English and Languages Centre

Godalming College was delighted to welcome Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate to open its new English and Modern Foreign Languages Centre on Friday 23rd September. Students and guests were treated to a performance by Carol Ann accompanied by musician John Sampson, who toured with her Shore to Shore Tour in June and July this year.

Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold, original voice for more than 30 years, as a poet, a playwright and writer and her work is part of both the GCSE and A level curriculum. She has won every major poetry prize in the UK and her collections have sold more than one million copies worldwide. She is the first Scottish and first female Poet Laureate in its 400 year history and was made a Dame in the 2015 New Year’s Honours.

As she opened the new building she said she had been very impressed with the students that she had met and congratulated the College on being a “joyous and happy place”.

The new English and Modern Foreign Languages Centre at the College is the completion of a major building and refurbishment plan which has put in place an improvement in facilities for all subjects. It is due to the vision of the previous Principal, David Adelman and previous Chair of Governors Hugh Pile and to the tenacity of Director of Services, Martin McCarthy and current Chair of Governors, Brenda Jenner who have seen the project to its conclusion. The building was part of a project that also involved the acquisition of land for new sports pitches in Ashtead Lane, new netball courts, a new media suite and new student centre.

The College would like to thank: Architects, Macallan Penfold, Surveyors Michael Edwards Associates, the main contractor Feltham Construction and sub contractors involved in the project. College Principal, Emma Young says, “I am very proud of the college campus and this new building is a wonderful addition, providing an excellent learning environment for the students. We have been very lucky to have Carol Ann Duffy join us today for the opening ceremony. She has been such an inspiration to many students over the years and I am sure she will continue to be so.”

English literature students had lunch with Carol Ann as she answered their questions about the texts that they were studying and her career as a poet and writer. A packed audience of students, staff and VIPs were entertained with a performance of poems and sonnets that formed part of her recent tour before the finale of declaring the new building open, complete with fanfare.

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