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 100 strong capacity audience in Studio 816 was entertained and provoked by ClassAction’s “PROJECT.i.d.” induction performance at the start of this term, featuring fragments of a variety of genres of the performing arts. Project i.d. introduces our first year practitioners to the Studio 816 audience, and acts as a baseline audit of their work giving them a spring-board to jump off from into their training here with ClassAction.  Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama and Dance said “After just two weeks our first year practitioners have formed a performance company – such is the dedication from them and their subject tutors. For some this is a huge journey - from never having danced on stage in your life, to choreographing and performing your own routine is not an easy task. For others theirs is a specialism they have spent time perfecting and working upon and this initial journey is that bit easier, but essentially success will be measured by the improvement they make over the coming two years with ClassAction”. 

The evening also introduced our new Foundation Programme practitioners to the performance space, STUDIO 816 in Godalming College. Our 2 Year 6th Form Foundation Programme for training in the Performing Arts – delivered at our home in 
STUDIO 816 is aimed specifically at talented young performers who aspire to have a career in the arts as a Theatre Maker. Students achieve the equivalent UCAS points to gaining 3.5 A-Levels by studying the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (2 A levels), and the Drama & Theatre A Level alongside an E.P.Q. in performance or a Gold Arts Award - but unlike most other Sixth Form Colleges, with ClassAction this would become your programme of study building this foundation training  programme.

The classes that these practitioners take and the BTEC qualification units that they study are specifically shaped towards their goal of getting in to either a top Drama School or a top Dance/Musical Theatre College when they graduate. 
 The PROJECT i.d. audience were treated to an eclectic mixture of dance, performance and song. 
The evening began with all the first year dance and performing arts practitioners coming together to perform as an ensemble “Aquarius” from the musical ‘Hair’ -  an incredible achievement after only 2 lessons. 

What followed was an eclectic mix of performance work ranging from Oscar Wilde to Christine and The Queens, Singing in the Rain to Rosas Das Rosas.
ClassAction underpins all of its performance preparation work with an academic rigour and in the spirit of reflection the audience were asked to provide feedback to our practitioners who then turned that into development targets. 

“Project.i.d.” was a wonderful performance, which sent the audience home with more than a hint of what this year’s practitioners will become. 

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