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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Joining the National Youth Orchestra

Frankie Gale (A2 Music)– has successfully auditioned for a place as a clarinettist in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain

She says:
I recently auditioned for the NationaI auditioned after my friend from conservatoire suggested I do and also I knew a few people from conservatoire who had done it and that it was of a high standard. I auditioned in October with 2 contrasting pieces and a sight-reading. It was just one round and then we heard back in December. We'll be playing repertoire such as John Adams-'Lollapooza', Adam Gorb- concerto for cello and wind ensemble, Bernstein- 'On the Town', Tom Harrold- 'Acrid Lines', Luis Serrano Alarcon-'Tramonto' and Steven Byrant-'Ecstatic Waters'. A couple of those are familiar, others are new territory. The first week (April 8th) we are up in Cumbria, playing in Power Hall, Sedbergh and Coronation Hall Ulverston. Second week (5th August) is in Banbury, not sure about concert venue yet but we'll be based Tudor Hall School, Wykham Park. I'll be part of a big clarinet section as it's a wind orchestra, which will be interesting to see how different it is to have the violin section substituted for the clarinets having different support and a fuller wind sound. I don't play in any wind bands, just full orchestras so it'll be interesting and makes a change from my music studies at RCM Junior Department, in college and outside orchestras I do. It should be really good and it will help my ability to learn how to read and perform music in a short space of time, preparing for later professional performing life if I enter that area!

Frankie has also been selected by the Royal College of Music to play at Sadlers Wells on Thursday 30th March with a specially commisioned ballet for the English National Ballet

Elizabeth Baumberg, another A2 Music student played in the National Youth Wind Orchestra as a French Horn player for the past couple of years and can highly recommend it as a great experience. Elizabeth has been auditioning to study French Horn full time at conservatoire after she has graduated from Godalming College. She was incredibly successful and received offers at the following conservatoires: Royal Northern College of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a scholarship at Trinity. 

Elizabeth Knatt has also received offers from conservatoires to study the recorder, as has Emilia Pickering to study the cello, however both are considering studying Music at a traditional university before taking up Masters degrees at conservatoires. 

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