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

Godalming College Orchestra

The Christmas Concert 2017

As always the Godalming College’s Christmas Concert was a triumph and brought festive cheer with people leaving the College singing some of their Christmas Favourites.

The first half of the evening was opened by the Concert Orchestra with selections from Chicago, Gonna Fly Now and Stevie Wonder.  An eclectic mix of music followed with true classics as in the Violin Duet Invention numbers 1 and 8 by Bach and Trombone Quartet: movement 2 by Bourgeios to modern hits such as Sky Fall and Valerie by the Jazz Band.  The highlight of the first half was a solo by Will Rowling playing the Marimba, a South American/Latin instrument that The Dan Eley Foundation has donated to the College, which Will is making full use of.  Dan, an ex-student of the College, was at the concert to hear the instrument being played in its debut performance.

The second half was aimed at putting everyone in the festive mood with the Wind Quintet playing a beautiful Away in a Manager, The Flute Trio with Gaudete  and the Chamber Choir’s moving Seal Lullaby by Witacre, Angels Carol by Rutter and O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen. The Godalming College Singers gave us a very jolly Wonderful Christmastime by McCartney and Silent Night by Mohr and Gruber and the Concert Orchestra finished with Fairytale of New York, Ukranian Bell Carol and a medley of Christmas tunes which they called A Jazzy Christmas.

YouTube videos can be found here

Marimba Solo
Chamber Choir
Violin Duet
Flute Solo
Wind Quintet

In total, around 100 musicians performed to a packed hall of 200 people. Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music said ‘I continue to be astounded by the talent, dedication and professionalism of the students. Each year they work incredibly hard to produce fantastic performances and I am very proud of them all. I wish them all a well-deserved rest over Christmas and am looking forward to working towards our Spring concert next term’.

Our next concert is on the 14th March 2018. Tickets will be on sale in February at . Meanwhile The Godalming College Singers can be heard on Eagle Radio on Friday 22nd December at 7.45am with their version of Silent Night.

It has been a highly successful term for the Music department with many students achieving great things, they are
DASH BUCKLEY - invited to perform at the Victorious Festival
DEE FERRY-SWAINSON - appointed Musical Director for a performance with the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre and also composed the music for the show
LEO CRELLIN - organised and performed at a fundraising concert
CLEM PICKERING -performed at the BBC Proms as a violist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 
FELIX ROCKHILL - achieved a place in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain 
ELLIE HOPE - been appointed as a first clarinettist in the Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra
CARMEN DUTTON -performed in a concert with the Surrey Country Youth Wind Orchestra
MATTHEW TATE - played in too many concerts with the South West Surrey Wind Band and the Godalming Brass Band to list! 
MEGAN ALLEN - given a grade of ‘outstanding’ at the Farnham Concerto Competition
ROSIE SUTTON - selected to perform at the Royal Academy of Music’s Piano Concert
JONATHAN HAIGH  -passed grade 7 classical guitar with distinction
DANNY BAUMBERG - awarded a place in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain for the third year running
TOBY ANDERSON - commissioned to compose for the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Symphony Orchestra
WILL ROWLING -performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble
ZOE OWLETT - appointed as first bassoon in the Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra and the Surrey County Youth Orchestra
ANNABEL CHANTRY - passed grade 8 clarinet with merit
JESS GREEN - appointed Principal Flautist with the Hampshire Chamber Youth Orchestra
TOBY ANDERSON - appointed Composer in Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
GABRIELLA CATILLI - achieved the Musical Baccalaureate 
CARMEN DUTTON - toured Venice with her Jazz Band over the summer holidays
DANNY BAUMBERG - selected to perform a solo in a concert with the Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra
ELERI WILLIAMS - passed grade 8 piano with a high merit
MATT ELLIOTT - appointed percussionist with the Almac Bisley Brass Band
ROSIE SUTTON - selected to join the Royal College of Music’s Junior Symphony Orchestra
LEILA AL-AZZAWI & THOMAS WILDE - won the string duet class at the Farnham Music Festival
DANNY BAUMBERG & FELIX ROCKHILL - performed with renowned trumpeter Louis Dowdeswell and the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps
DASH BUCKLEY –participated in a vocal workshop and performance at the Royal Academy of Music
ZOE OWLETT - passed grade 6 bassoon
TOBY ANDERSON - received an offer to study Music from Oxford.
EYRA NORMAN - offered a full scholarship from the Royal College of Music, The Royal Welsh College and and Drama and a conditional offer from the Guildhall and is awaiting the oucome of further auditions
MEGAN ALLEN - received an offer from Trinity College of Music in London and awaiting the outcome of other auditions

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