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 Gift of Giving

An amazing £3789 has been raise by two groups of Hospitality and Event Management students at Godalming College who were tasked to hold a fundraising event as part of their coursework.  The two groups were given the assignment earlier in the academic year for completion before Christmas.  Both chose to provide something entertaining for the Christmas period, one organising a Christmas Fair in a school and the other organising a Quiz Night for parents and staff at Godalming College.

The money raised is donated to The Friends of the Ridgeway School, a school in Farnham that supports children with severe and complex needs. It is a charity that the students felt they had some affinity with as the son of their tutor Helen Sharp attends the school.

The first group of students raised £2279.33 by being part of the organising committee for The Ridgeway’s Christmas Fayre on Friday 30th November.  They made cakes to sell, ran the bar, helped Santa, sold new gifts and contributed generally to a range of tasks to organise, set up and clear away the Fayre.  

The second group who decided on a Quiz Night which they called Quizmas raised £1509.55. The Quiz Night on 7th December hosted over 85 people and provided a fish and chip supper, a bar, raffle and other money making games during the evening.
“All the students worked extremely hard to make both of these events so successful.  I and the rest of the Hospitality and Travel and Tourism department are very proud of their commitment to this project and the amazing fundraising results that they have achieved” says Helen

A huge thank you to all those who helped plan, organise, set-up, run and clear away the fayre and to all those who came along on the day. We have raised a great amount for the school which is brilliant. Another huge thank you to Helen Sharp and her students for not just helping at the fayre but also holding a quiz night in aid of the Friends. Thank you everyone!  From Ann-Marie Funk, Chair of The Friends of the Ridgeway

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