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

Three men and a boat

Three men and a boat

As most of the staff at college were relaxing from a long first part of the year 
Matt Toogood (Media), Mark Woodward ( Maths) and JR ( Estates) decided to have a challenge - to paddle the River Thames.

Initially we thought we could paddle from the top of the navigation to the sea but after considerable thought we decided this was not practical in only one week. Therefore we decided to enjoy the river at a more sedate pace, after all we were on holiday!

Paddling for six hours a day was always going to be a challenge, getting up day after day when you're body is not use to long distance paddling was going to hurt! All we can say is  a lot of deep heat on muscles that don't get used whilst teaching, was a must.

The weather was not the usual Autumnal scene as Storm Brian decided to hit at the beginning of the week with some pretty strong winds. But these lads were not easily put off, after all they run the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Adventure programme in College, they are a hardy lot! Having learnt to deploy the pop up sail they managed to harness the wind and actually enjoyed a bit of respite.

After a couple of days on the water they were joined by Joe McCarthy-Holland (Physics) and his son Issac in their inflatable kayak, to boost any spirits that might be flagging. However while the inflatable kayaks are great for recreational purposes they are not built for long paddles and the rest of the group ended up towing the inflatable at the end of the day.

The team enjoyed the great outdoors with 5 days paddling and 4 nights under canvas, covering 80 miles of the Thames from Lechlade to Henley. They proved that it can be done in the timescale and had a great week.

What will the next adventure be for this intrepid trio?

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