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



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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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St John's Regional Cadet of the Year

Anneliese Jay, an A Level student at Godalming College, has been named as St John Ambulance Regional Cadet of the Year (London and South). She took the title at a two-day contest, which saw the best of the first aid charity’s young volunteers from across the country take part in a variety of tough tasks.

The competition, held in Stafford on Saturday and Sunday (25-26 February), is designed to stretch the cadets’ abilities. It included a wide range of subjects such as communication, team work, presentation, working with the media and social skills.

With thousands of cadets across the country, the 31 competitors in the weekend’s contest had already shown a high degree of excellence and competition was fierce for the regional and national titles.

Anneliese, who joined St John Ambulance’s Guildford Cadet Unit four years ago, will now represent fellow cadets from across London and the South at public and St John Ambulance events.  

Anneliese said. “I’m delighted to have won the regional title – each year the competition seems to get tougher, so it’s a huge achievement for me. I’m looking forward to representing my region over the next year and will take every opportunity to gain as much experience as possible, whilst raising awareness of the importance of first aid.”

Anneliese is no stranger to being in the running for an award. Last year, she and her classmate and fellow cadet Freddie Horton, were shortlisted for a St John Ambulance Everyday Hero Award and also won the community award in the Surrey Super Stars Award. As students at Rodborough School at the time, they identified a need for an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the school. They pitched the idea to their headteacher, who backed the project, and they then galvanized support from their classmates. Within three months they were able to buy and install the equipment, which has been put in place at the front of the school and is available for community use too. 

Along with the AED they were also able to purchase training mannequins and other equipment sufficient to teach classes of 30 pupils at a time. The school ran first aid training sessions, during which every Year 9 pupil was taught first aid, including CPR and using a defibrillator, and all the senior school and teaching staff were taught the essential skills too. 

Jo Gardner, Regional Youth Manager, said: “First aid is an important skill for people of all ages to learn and Anneliese will act as an excellent ambassador for this message. 

“Her support will help us to encourage more young people to learn some basic life saving skills and potentially be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

St John Ambulance cadets are aged 10 to 17 and besides first aid they learn a huge range of other important life skills as they work towards their Grand Prior award – the highest award a cadet can achieve.

Subjects range from cookery and animal welfare to sports and photography. Older cadets can put their first aid and other communication skills into practice by providing first aid to the public at events or teaching first aid to other young people and adults.

St John Ambulance has over 26,000 youth volunteers in the country and believes that every young person should have the opportunity to make a real difference in their community; to speak out on what matters to them and to help others in need of support and development.

For more information on St John Ambulance, including how to make a donation, volunteering opportunities, and details of training for the public, schools and businesses, visit  or call 08700 10 49 50.

Photograph by St John's Ambulance

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