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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Arts Festival 2018

A fabulous sunny evening set the scene for a major event in Godalming College’s calendar, the Arts Festival. The festival showcased work from arts based subjects such Art, Textiles, Photography, Media, Music Film, Digital Creative Technology, Drama, Dance and History of Art.  These subjects are a thriving, vibrant part of the College and the evening did not disappoint with a massive appreciation of the hard work and creativity of the students of the College.

The exhibition of work from one of the best art departments in the country showcased Art, Textiles and Photography work of an incredibly high standard from second year students most of whom will be taking their places on Art Foundation Courses or direct entry into Arts courses at university.

The Drama students performed and produced a stunning and thoughtful set of performances including a play entitled 24 Storeys which was devised from the testimony, interviews and broadcasts given by individuals involved in the Grenfell fire disaster. A series of superb dance performances then captivated the crowd with rhythm, melody and movement.

The Design Show provided an amazing display of work from the Graphic Design students and Product Design students complete with finished models of furniture, lighting, architectural buildings, advertising, promotional items and even a walking aid.

Media and Film, as always provided a fantastic variety of films from student work, some imaginative fiction and others factual documentaries.  All were absorbing, inducing a range of emotions from their audience.

Parents, VIPs and the local community were invited to the College for a preview evening and enjoyed a glass of wine and barbeque in the Piazza along with music from the College Jazz Band, the Godalming College Singers and the Chamber Choir.

Olly Stevens, Director of Faculty for the Arts and Science comments “The Arts Festival this year has been amazing.  Students should be congratulated for their hard work and dedication; they have been a privilege to teach.  The work on display in both the creative and performing arts is first class and a real credit to the College.  I am also so proud of our dedicated staff who continue to raise the profile of the Arts amongst our young people, helping them to take risks, reflect, explore and comment on the complex world around them.”

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