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

Godalming College Orchestra

Christmas Music Concert

Godalming College’s Christmas Concert was a triumph! The first half of the evening contained lively performances from the 70 student strong Concert Orchestra who performed a medley from the musical All Shook Up and the theme from Pirates of The Caribbean, before Gina Dunn joined the orchestra to sing a powerful version of Let It Go. The Jazz Band gave exciting performances of Enter Sandman and Virtual Insanity to get the audience’s toes tapping. The 60 strong Godalming College singers gave impressive 4 part harmony performances of Down To The River To Pray and Man In The Mirror. In between these performances from larger ensembles saw performances from the college’s cello quartet, directed by music student Emilia Pickering and the wind quintet, directed by music student Lizzie Baumberg. Megan Allen treated the audience to a moving performance of Elgar’s first movement from his cello concerto whilst Sophie White sung a beautifully haunting rendition of She Moves Through The Fair.

The second half of the evening was full of festive fun! The college chamber choir gave poignant performances of Midwinter by Chilcott, Bethlehem Down by Wilcox and My Lord Has Come by Todd.  This was followed by stunning vocal solos by music students Charlotte Kirkham and Eyra Norman. The Jazz Band returned with swinging performances of This Christmas and Jingle Bells, whilst the Godalming College Singers performed Happy Xmas (War is Over), Fairy-tale of New York and All I Want For Christmas Is You. The evening ended with uplifting versions of Baby It Cold Outside (featuring Hannah Hay and Eoghan McCarthy), Ukranian Bell Carol and a festive medley performed by the Concert Orchestra. 

In total, around 100 musicians performed to a packed hall of 200 people. Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music said ‘I continue to be astounded by the talent, dedication and professionalism of the students. Each year they work incredibly hard to produce fantastic performances and I am very proud of them all. I wish them all a well-deserved rest over Christmas and am looking forward to working towards our Spring concert next term’.

 It has been a highly successful term for the Music department with many students achieving great things. Lizzie Baumberg has been auditioning to study French horn at conservatoire and so far has been offered places at Guildhall and RWCMD. Emilia Pickering has achieved a distinction in her cello diploma and won the senior strings class at the Woking Music Festival. Toby Anderson earned a place at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Department as a composer this academic year and has gone on to win first place in their carol writing competition. Elizabeth Knatt won both the recorder and wind recital classes at the Woking Music festival whilst Rosie Sutton won the Romantic piano class at the Farnham Music Festival. Frankie Gale has not only been awarded a full scholarship to study clarinet at the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department, but has also successfully auditioned for a place in the National Youth Wind Orchestra. Megan Allen must also be commended for her distinction in the Woking Music Festival’s concerto competition. 

Our next concert is on the 29th March 2017. Tickets will be on sale in February at

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