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


The Dan Eley Foundation Spring Benefit Concert

Godalming College students performed a fantastic array of musical genres to a packed audience last night at the Spring Benefit Concert in aid of the Dan Eley Foundation, a local charity which offers support to young people in difficult or deprived circumstances.
The music department at the College is well known for its excellent performances and the concert at the United Church, did not disappoint.  There are over a seventy students taking part in music at the College in a full programme of extra-curricular activities supported by the music department. The Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, Godalming Singers, and a host of ensembles and individual performances brought a unique flavour to the evening, with music to meet all tastes.  

The first half started with the Concert Orchestra playing Putting on the Ritz from West Side Story and Deh Vieni Non Tardar from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. It continued with the Godalming College Singers providing a range of songs form musicals to the haunting I’m Not the Only One by Napier and Smith.  A change of pace included the Brass Band playing the Dambusters March, Thunderbirds and the Trumpet Voluntary before a serene piano solo, Arabesque by Debussy was played by Jonny North.
The first half of the concert finished with a Marimba Solo played by Will Rowling followed by Hey Traveller.  The Marimba was donated by the Dan Eley Foundation to the College and will provide access for students to this very technical instrument in years to come.  Hey Traveller was written for Dan by Andy Duerden, a songwriter and musician to raise money to fly Dan back to the UK after his accident in Colombia.  An accompanying photographic presentation displayed images of Dan’s rehabilitation. 

After the interval the audience was welcomed back by the jazz band followed by the Chamber Choir singing Shining Night and O My Love’s like a Red, Red Rose.  The trombone quartet played the Girl from Ipanema followed by other ensembles such as the Flute Duet with Rondo by Albert Doppler, the percussion ensemble with Journey on by Geary, and Sophie White playing Medhel an Gwyns, better known as the theme from Poldark.

The Concert finished with the Concert Orchestra led by A level Student Toby Anderson.  Toby is a composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and will take his place on a sponsored Music Degree at Cambridge later this year. 
Godalming College musicians will be launching this year’s Music in Park summer season at the Bandstand in Philips Memorial Park on Sunday 13th May at 3pm.

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