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

Drama, performing arts

ClassAction: Enhancing practice

Here at ClassAction we are interested in exploring and playing with contemporary theatre practice and we realise the best work is made in a creative environment within a firm framework of teaching and learning. If a student is determined on a life devoted to dance, musical theatre, or drama and theatre, then this is the right place for them. 

We have supported this range of performance work with skills based workshops, including Acting Through Song and Playwriting to expand our practitioners skill set and improve their craft. We are also on the second run of our nine week bespoke +explore course that leads our practitioners through all stages of the application process for Drama and Dance schools, from why to train, what schools to apply for through to support with auditions and interviews. The course culminates in a mock audition that is filmed and then distributed to our ‘alumni network’ who feedback on the auditions offering advice and reflection. 

To this end, we were delighted to welcome Emma Rice’s Wise Children company to work with our second year practitioners, developing their story-telling and devising skills. Our results and the work created testifies to our success, as does the range of successful ex-students now working and studying in the creative industries.

The end of this half term also welcomes THE BIG LOVE CABARET – a lunchtime STUDIO SESSION supporting RAG week here at college. A valentines lunchtime full of song, dance and stand-up comedy. Our training practitioners really are amazing. 

The teaching-team at ClassAction is driving the development of the department, embracing our course offerings and the new drive towards performance preparation, which is under pinned with academic rigour. This is all our news from within the college’s walls. We do what we do because we see the potential in all our trainee practitioners, and we want well-crafted voices populating the same landscape as us. On any one night this week you could have seen ex Godalming students in a range of performances and technical support roles including, the West End productions of “9 to 5”, production managing Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, artistic directing The Vault Festival in Waterloo working with Hofesh Shechter Dance Company one alumni working in Stage Management and one dancing with the company - and appearing as Ben Mitchell in BBC’s Eastenders. 

“It was ClassAction that pushed me and challenged me and planted the seed that eventually led me to study at RADA. They saw something in me and nurtured that, and that is what they do best. If you are passionate and determined then this is the 
training for you. Every year practitioners from ClassAction graduate to some of the top schools in the country and that has to say something about the training they give you. I loved my time with them, and would not be where I am today if they hadn’t given me that first pathway on the journey.” Emma Dymott – Alumnus now working with Hofesh Shechter.

Good luck and congratulations to all our amazing alumni who are out there making work that counts, provoking, entertaining, and being authentic. 

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