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

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A step closer to the ‘Great Debate’

Hugo Millard, from Headley Down, has won the West Surrey heat of the Historical Association Public Speaking Competition and is now invited to the ‘Great Debate’ to be held at the Houses of Parliament in March 2018.

The topic for the West Surrey competitions: Was the 1918 extension of the franchise the most significant moment in British democratic history? Hugo, from Godalming College joined candidates from both the Independent and State sectors including Portsmouth Grammar, Farnborough Sixth Form, Woking and Strode’s College.  Hugo chose to focus on the German printing press of the 15th Century as the most significant moment in democratic history. “I chose this as firstly I believe that this is indeed the most important moment but that it also shows the need to develop and cultivate relationships with other countries for betterment and progress. In a nutshell I explore how the printing press allowed the non-elite peoples to develop complex and developed opinions that in turn contributed to nationwide discussions, literacy levels rose dramatically and prior to the printing press and the age of mass communication the large majority of countries were governed by an absolute monarch or dictator.”

Hugo began Public Speaking in internal competitions at his Secondary School, Bohunt.  At Godalming College he has been involved much more in external competitions and it is something that he wishes to continue in the future, feeling that it is a useful transferable skill. Hugo thoroughly enjoys Public Speaking and says “The competition was definitely impressive and I am honestly surprised that I won. Some speakers there could easily go on to parliament with clear diction and presence whilst others presented power and inspiration through insightful talks on women in the political world and religious equality.”

The Great Debate is held in partnership with the UK Parliament’s vote 100 project which celebrates the 100th anniversary of all men and some women voting for the first time the general election of December 1918.  The Public speaking competition is advertised as an ideal opportunity for students to gain valuable experience in speaking to an audience and developing confidence and self-esteem in addition to their skills of developing a historical argument.

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