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

the royal albert hall

Orchestral Manoeuvres

Music students have enjoyed three fantastic trips this term. The first trip was to attend the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall where they were treated to performances of William Tell Overture by Rossini, Piano Concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann, Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bruch and the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky. A2 Music student Eoghan McCarthy said ‘The concert was so enjoyable due to the varied programme of contrasting pieces. The Royal Albert Hall is a beautiful venue with incredible acoustics and it was very exciting to see such a prestigious orchestra perform there’. 

The second trip was also to attend the Royal Albert Hall to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform but this time it was their ‘Best of Broadway’ concert.  The exciting programme included performances of songs from hit musicals including Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Oliver, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Chicago, Wicked, Evita and Phantom of The Opera. Students were awestruck by the incredible vocal performances and powerful sound created by such a large orchestra. Everyone was up on their feet dancing to a Mama Mia! medley by the end of the evening. A2 Music student Matt Fifield said ‘I really enjoyed seeing so many well-known classics being performed. We were all singing along to the songs we knew and enjoyed hearing works we hadn’t heard before. Thanks to the Music department for organising such a great trip!’.

The third trip was to attend St Luke’s to see the London Symphony Orchestra perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor and Mozart’s Piano Sonata in Bb. These are AS and A2 Music set works that students have been studying in lessons. As well as being able to hear these iconic works being performed by top professional musicians, students were also given a lecture on the musical features in each work. A2 Music student Hannah Hay said ‘It was a truly eye opening trip. It taught us all the important analytical features of my favourite set work and it was amazing to see it be performed live’. 

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