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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Drama, Dance, Performing Arts Deartment: Season 3

We are now reaching the end of a highly successful Season 3 here in the Drama, Dance and Performing Arts Department, playing to sold out houses for all our productions, but we are not just about productions – we offer performance preparation under pinned with an academic rigour and Godalming College should celebrate its success in training new performance art practitioners for an industry that is worth £8.8 million an hour to the UK economy (Sajid Javid). We have had a record number – 24 offers, to the country’s top dance and drama schools this year including one for the Stella Adler School in Los Angeles. We are so proud that our ethos of offering a unique performance art programme that aims to create a first class performance preparation training course that is underpinned by a depth of reflection is having this profound effect. Godalming College has gained a unique reputation as having one of the leading performance arts departments in the country and our alumni are now working in all fields of the industry, and more importantly – they are generously giving their time and their advice as they return to Godalming to network with our current practitioners. We were so pleased to welcome back an alumnus who trained at Lamda Drama School and one who is currently studying at P.P.A. who worked with our first year practitioners on their end of term performance work

PROVOKING, ENTERTAINING, POPULAR AND ECLECTIC: Performance work has run throughout the term and we have played to consistent ‘full-houses’ – most recently some stunning solo performances that were designed for Year 5/6 students in our local schools around the theme of ‘Hopes and Dreams’, focusing on their transition to secondary school. We have had the busiest summer programme that we have ever had, including a brand new verbatim piece about events surrounding the Grenfell tragedy that is truly collaborative in nature – collated and devised by our second year performing arts practitioners and performed by some first year drama practitioners; and Big Thing Remarkable for Arts Festival 2018 which saw our current first year practitioners mentored by our alumna from MTA (The Musical Theatre Academy) - alongside our stunning production of Spring Awakening during the last week of term. There are not many other colleges, let alone arts venues that are producing that scale of work.

For ‘Let’s Celebrate’ we celebrated the Summer with “Paradiddle” an experiment in 4x4 timing alongside our live drummer and flares on the field, featuring our first year performing arts practitioners.

Our major production this season was Spring Awakening, a high energy, celebratory show with an incredible cast in an exciting new production. Spring Awakening is the defining musical of the last decade, combining electrifying rock score and genre-defying writing to tell the story of sexual and adolescent discovery.

 It’s important to reflect on the vast numbers of students, families and friends who attend our performances who may not be up on the stage but who are still able to participate fully in the cultural and artistic life of college because of the work of the Drama, Dance and Performing Arts Department

Virtual Tour

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