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

History of Art

Saving History of Art

Head of History of Art, Sarah Phillips has been instrumental in saving the History of Art A level from extinction after AQA decided that the course was no longer financially viable.  In a written announcement, the Schools Minister Nick Gibb confirmed that the exam board Pearson would offer the qualification from September 2017.  Godalming College is one of the biggest state providers of the History of Art A level in the country with more than 30 students each year completing the qualification, many of whom continuing their studies at degree level.

Sarah, who was asked by AQA to write the specification for the new linear A level was outraged when AQA decided to withdraw the qualification and felt that the true value of the subject was not fully recognised. Since then she has been involved in a campaign with notable figures from the arts world which culminated in a debate at the Courtauld Institute on Friday 30th November. In the debate Sarah argued that it gave her students a realistic insight into the culture around them with the advantage of being able to visualise historical events, places and people.

‘History of Art’ Sarah says ‘is very relevant to young people today. They can enjoy unprejudiced intellectual enquiry and learn to respect difference and individuality.  It is the study of humanity, politics, literature, science and society and I am delighted that it has been saved in the nick of time.’

Pearson formerly known as Edexcel have announced that they added the History of Art A level to their portfolio for teaching in 2017.  Artists Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Deller and Cornelia Parker, the Tate Gallery’s Nicholas Serota, The National Gallery’s Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Charles Saumarex Smith of the Royal Academy of the Arts all welcomed the news which was announced by schools standards minister Nick Gibb in a written ministerial statement.
Photographs by Katrina Campbell

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