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

Chamber Choir

Talented musicians raise money for deprived young people in Waverley

Over sixty fantastically talented young musicians performed to a packed audience last night at a Spring Benefit Concert to raise money for the Dan Eley Foundation, a local charity which offers support to young people in difficult or deprived circumstances.
The music department at Godalming College is well known for its professional performances and the concert at the United Church, did not disappoint.  A full programme of excellent music to suit all taste from classical, jazz, modern plus music from films and musicals delighted the audience who felt truly moved by the atmosphere in the auditorium.

The Godalming College Concert Orchestra opened and closed the event with medleys of music from All shook Up, through ABBA and Les Miserables to a Blues Brothers Revue. The Big Band were a tremendous hit with foot tapping Jungle Boogie, Burritos to Go and Fever plus The Bearcat and the Bimbo written by upper sixth student Dee Ferry-Swainson. In contrast were the beautiful sounds of the Chamber Choir performed A Gaelic Blessing by Rutter, Borgoroditse Devo by Rachmaninov and The Call of Wisdom by Todd.

Ensembles such as the Euphonium Duet with Felix Rockhill and Danny Baumberg with Softly as I Leave You, Bassoon and Violin Duet with Zoe Owlett and Keri McIntyre with Petit Romance were fantastic. Also the Jazz ensemble, the Session Band and the Wind Quintet who delighted the audience with a diverse range of music plus the Trombone Quartet who provided some light entertainment with Theme from The Muppet Show.
Individual Performers were extraordinary; Will Rowling with Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki, the operatic voice of Gabriella Catilli singing O Del Mio Dolce Ardor by Gluck and Jonny North with a Piano Solo, Doctor Gradus Ad Parnasum by Debussy. An amazing performance of Sonata No 6 in D minor by Handel played on the recorder by Dee Ferry-Swainson and in a tribute to Dan Eley and the work that he does, Lean on Me by Great Big World given in a stunning performance by Millie Windsor-Lewis who sang and accompanied herself on the Harp.

Dan Eley, who had recently returned from Colombia where he had been celebrating the 500th student educated by the Foundation, was present to enjoy this annual event and say a few words about continuing to support of music in our local community and congratulate the musicians on their talent and commitment.  The event raised £1,700 for the Foundation which continues to work tirelessly in Waverley to support young people in need.

The next Godalming College concert will be at the Bandstand in Philips Memorial Park on Sunday 12th May, 3-5pm and will again raise money for disadvantaged young people.

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