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

Everything in colour

The Stage Debut Awards honour Godalming College student

Ex-Godalming College student Sam Thomas has won Best Actor in a Musical at the first ever The Stage Debut Awards, which celebrates young British emerging stage talent, in a ceremony in London on Sunday.  His award was received for his role in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse in London.

The musical Allegro was written nearly 70 years ago and didn’t fit the mould usually associated with Roger’s and Hammerstein’s musicals of the American Dream.  It follows the story of a young doctor who is persuaded by his childhood sweetheart to go to the big city to work with the rich and famous.  The revival of the musical at the Southwark Playhouse was the first time that the production had been staged in Europe.

Thomas, who described his reaction to winning as simply ‘shock’ went on to say that ‘all the other lads nominated in the category were all worthy of this, but obviously I feel absolute pride, excitement and honour.’ 

He says of Allegro that "It revolutionised the form of musical theatre and tilted the axis of what musical theatre is all about - that it doesn't have to be a big showy thing, it can be a very contained, integral, actor-driven and character-driven piece of theatre."
Whilst at College Sam spent most of his time in the Performing Arts Centre taking Drama and Theatre Studies and Performing Arts A Levels alongside English Literature A level.  He also furthered his research through an Extended Project Qualification linked to his Performing Arts Studies.  

To further hone his skills he took part in ClassAction, the College’s performance company alongside his peer, Max Bowden who went on to star in the TV series Waterloo Road and was a member of the stage play cast of Songbird, by Sabastian Faulks. 

During his time at College Sam took part in the Musical Cabaret, playing Cliff alongside Max as Emcee, Stockholm and Lord of the Flies.  He wrote songs for the College’s Theatre in Education tour of the Laramie Project which examined homophobic bullying and was performed in local schools. He was also part of the original cast of the musical Everything in Colour performed at the Wimbledon Theatre and further developed the production as musical director for performances at the Guildford Fringe Festival.
After Godalming Sam progressed to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to take a BA (hons) in Musical Theatre but has frequently returned to the College to lead vocal and singing masterclasses for current students.

Andy Pullen, Head of Drama, Dance and Performing Arts says, ‘Sam always acted with generosity and humility. He was a wonderful company member and an active part of ClassAction. It was clear he was a driven practitioner full of the determination to continue his training and to perform professionally. Sam always gives of his time freely, and encourages and supports others"

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