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

Oxbridge entrants

Another set of excellent results at Godalming College

Godalming College has once again maintained an outstanding level of performance at A level and students enjoyed celebrating the results of their hard work with a results day breakfast.

The key headlines for 2017 exam results are:-

  • In excess of 900 students studied for A level exams and BTEC qualifications with 2397 entries at A level and 320 BTEC entries
  •  A level pass rate at 99.3%
  •  A*-C grade rate at 81%
  •  29% of the total A level entries are at A*-A grade
  •  28 subjects had a 100% pass rate
  •  BTEC pass rate at 100% with 92% of entries at Distinction* - Merit
  •  61 students achieved A* and A grades in all of their subjects

Emma Young, Principal of the College, said:- " Once again Godalming College students have performed at the highest levels. The results are excellent and exceed national benchmarks. We had 2397 entries at A level and well over half of thse were at A*-B. Our BTEC results are also superb and have improved on last year. These results are all achieved in the context of inclusice entry requirments. This has been the first set of results in a number of subjects that have been reformed at A level. The consistency of our performance is testament to the dedication and expertise of our teachers who have worked really hard to ensure that the students were fully prepared for their exams. These results clearly provide a strong foundation for students to progress onto their next step, whether that be university, an apprenticeship or employment. Well done to all our brilliant students and we wish them all the very best for the future."

8 students celebrated the confirmation of their place at either Oxford or Cambridge including:

  • Joseph Hettrick, History, Oxford
  • Laura Gill, History, Oxford
  • Henry Wheeler, Law, Oxford
  • Laura Neuhaus, English, Oxford
  • Jemima Wickenden, History, oxford
  • Emily Jonas, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Oxford
  • Amy McGillivray, English, Oxford 
  • Emma Taylor, Economics, Cambridge
  • Ruby Clare, History of Art, Cambridge


A further 8 students celebrated their confirmation of a place on a Medical or Veterinary Medical degree Including


  • Honour Beresford, Medicine, Leeds
  • Tessa David, Medicine, Cardiff
  • Samuel Humphreys, Medicine, Manchester
  • Ayan Hyderi, Medicine, Birimgham
  • Yasmine Seward, Veterinary Medicine, Surrey
  • Anna Codd, Veterinary Medicine, Nottingham
  • Isabel Watson, Veterinary Medicine, Nottingham
  • Izabella Simpson, Veterinary Medicine, Nottingham

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