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 Assination of Katie hopkins

ClassAction: Season 2

ClassAction is an outstanding department where students achieve great things in academic, vocational and artistic studies. Performance preparation underpinned with academic rigour sits at the very heart of what we do here as the tutors facilitate strong performance work by being critical judges and simultaneous supporters, pushing our training practitioners to be the best versions of themselves as performers that they can be – and then nudging them beyond! 

This ethos has again led to our alumni achieving great things when it comes to drama and dance school offers for September 2020. Again, anecdotal evidence shows the numbers of students going into high quality performance training after Godalming are way above national averages. Already our practitioners have been offered training places at some top schools including; East 15, Royal Welsh, Central, Alra, Mountview, Arts Ed and Emil Dale. 

We take thoughtful risks in the work we select for our practitioners, pushing beyond the often all too regular diet of theatrical offerings in other institutions, and expect students to take creative risks in the way they engage in the process of making work. This is what attracts students to our college – this is why we are managing to have a healthy recruitment in the face of decimation of the arts at Key Stage 3 and 4 across the country. We want students to surprise themselves with what they are capable of, and we value being part of that experience, and are being surprised anew as our first year drama practitioners engage with devised theatre work in our studios today.
We began Season 2 in January with Let The Right One in, a new contemporary text based on the novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist. “Let The Right One In” is an enchanting, brutal vampire myth and a coming-of-age love story performed by our Performing Arts Diploma Company in a visually compelling production that covered STUDIO 816 in fake snow to evoke the Scandinavian setting of the original source material.

Hot on the heels of Let The Right One In was :INMOTION: an evening of performance in movement; contemporary technique and physical theatre. It was wonderful to see our students exploring text and physical theatre and creating mature and developed pieces of performance, they tackled the work with a drive and a passion, which they have taken into their own performance practice. The audience were treated to an eclectic mixture of dance, physical theatre and spoken word that aimed to question the world in which we live, the societies and communities we are creating and the language we use to both provoke and defend. During this time of division and attack, it was wonderful to witness – creative juices flowing, ideas being fired up; our antennae alive to all the possibilities - alive to what is happening; even if one of the productions was from the text “The Assassination of Katie Hopkins”. 

The centerpiece of Season 2 is our 360 Degrees Festival of contemporary theatre, exploring current issues and current theatre practice; in all, our ClassAction practitioners created 11 re-interpretations of contemporary texts. We were interested here in exploring the idea of abuse and escape in a contemporary world and texts range from Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock to Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie. This work is located in the real, and that is what gives it its strength and authenticity. It was wonderful that alumni Jack Sunderland, was able to return and work with our company of training practitioners on this work.

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