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

American idiot

ClassAction Summer Season 2017

A CLASS ACT: Godalming College should celebrate its success in training new practitioners for an industry that is worth £8.8 million an hour to the UK economy (Sajid Javid). Thirteen of our practitioners have now gained places at some of the top dance and drama schools in the country including: East 15, Oxford School of Drama, PPA, MTA, Mountview, Performers, Birds and Italia Conti. We are so proud that our developing ethos of offering a unique performance art programme that aims to create a first class performance preparation training course that is underpinned by academic rigour and depth of reflection is having this profound effect. Sam Barrett (CA 2010-2012) is currently on tour as the male lead in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and he found time to return to lead a vocal/singing masterclass, and Jack Sunderland who graduated from LAMDA Drama School (CA-2010-2012) returned to lead a Masterclass in acting technique – all open to the whole college community. Godalming College has gained a unique reputation as one of the leading performance arts departments in the country and our alumni are now working in all fields of the industry, and more importantly – they are generously giving their time and their advice as they return to Godalming to network with our current practitioners. This work was recently recognised by the SFCA Enrichment and Employability Awards scheme.
PROVOKING, ENTERTAINING, POPULAR AND ECLECTIC: Performance work has run throughout the term and we have played to consistent ‘full-houses’ – most recently new pieces of musical theatre and dance work. We have the busiest Summer programme that we have ever had, including staging a musical in just under two weeks! There are not many other colleges, let alone arts venues that are producing that scale of work. 

We have been touring schools in the Waverley Federation with our production focusing on mental health, depression and suicide – A List of Brilliant Things – which has received incredible feedback from staff “OMG – it was truly brilliant, it should be touring to so many more schools” Drama Teacher, Woolmer Hill – “It was the best thing I have seen, I couldn’t stop crying and smiling all at the same time, amazing” – Year 10 student.

For ‘Let’s Celebrate’ we celebrate the Summer with “Another Day In Sun” with dance and song on the field, featuring our first year dance and performing arts practitioners.
CELEBRATING THE ARTS AT GODALMING: We are pleased to present FLIPPIN NORA for this year’s Arts Festival, a brand new comedy – cabaret-theatre piece – proving we can do light and gentle, as well as hard hitting and loud!  

It’s important to reflect on the vast numbers of students, families and friends who attend Class Action performances who may not be up on the stage but who are still able to participate fully in the cultural and artistic life of college because of the work of Class Action.

We finish the year with a bang, as we tackle Green Day’s Punk Rock Opera AMERICAN IDIOT – attempting to stage a full-scale musical in under two weeks … American idiot follws the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post-truth Trump world. This punk rock opera follows the story of Jesus of Suburbia, an adolescent anti-hero who is divided between 'rage and love'.

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