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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Christmas Concert a Roaring Success

This year’s Christmas Concert was another roaring success with some calling it the ‘best ever’!

The first half of the concert saw a dramatic performance of music from The Greatest Showman, Pirates of the Caribbean and Ghostbusters from the college’s 50-strong Concert Orchestra. There were lively performances of I Want You Back and Hit The Road Jack from the Godalming College Singers, as well as a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin through a performance of Respect. A beautiful solo piano performance of Debussy’s Clair de Lune by Jonny North left the audience of over 200 stunned in silence, as did the mesmerising harp solo from Millie Windsor-Lewis. Felix Rockhill has just been appointed as a trombonist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and he treated us to a performance of I’m Getting Sentimental Over You. His stage presence is purely professional and it is clear to see why he has been chosen to represent the country. Will Rowling, is a talented percussionist who has just been offered degree places at RWCMD and the Royal College of Music. He gave a stunning performance on the marimba which was kindly donated to the college by the Dan Eley Foundation last year. Students are encouraged to direct and form their own chamber ensembles and this year a trombone quartet and a wind quintet have been formed. Both ensembles gave fantastic performances of music they had arranged and composed themselves. The first half of the concert ended with an exciting trio of pieces from the college’s Jazz Band performing Blues in the Night, Moonlight Serenade and Jumpin’ at the Woodside. 

After a mince pie and some wine, the audience came back for the second half which was full of festive fun and frolics! The Jazz Band opened the second half with performances of The Christmas Song, Christmas Time is Here and Let It Snow, featuring the skilled vocals of Aidan Skelley, Millie Windsor-Lewis and Lex Botting. The college’s treasured chamber choir gave beautifully technical performances of My Lord Has Come, In The Bleak Midwinter and O Magnum Mysterium, leaving the audience feeling full of Christmas cheer. A Salvation Army style brass band performed the classic carols O Come All Ye Faithful, Ding Dong Merrily and Away in a Manger, before handing over the Godalming College Singers who returned to perform Last Christmas and All I Want For Christmas Is You. Jamie Stroud, Olly Searl, Lex La-Vey and Ben Cole, are all new lower sixth students. 4 months ago they had never met each other, yet they gave a spellbinding performance of I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas in a Jamie Cullum Jazz style. We are very excited to see what this ensemble will develop in to and continue to offer over the coming year. The concert came to a close with a dynamic ending from the Concert Orchestra performing Fairytale of New York, Ukranian Bell Carol and a medley of Christmas favourites. 

Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music, said ‘The talent, commitment and professionalism demonstrated by our students continues to astound me. They have worked so hard since the first rehearsal in September to produce such a fantastic evening of high quality musical entertainment. They turn up for rehearsals on time, prepared and eager to get going. They are an absolute dream to work with and I can’t wait for more music-making in 2019!’.

The next concert will be held at the United Church in Godalming on Wednesday 13th March from 7pm in aid of the Dan Eley Foundation. Tickets can be bought at We hope to see you there!

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