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

Results 2020

Congratulations to Godalming College students who have received A Level and BTEC results today. The vast majority have secured their 1st place university and are looking forward to their future despite the turmoil of COVID-19 which disrupted their last few months of their College experience.

We are particularly pleased to report that 4 students Anna Wilderspin, Sam Davis, Matthew Casey and Eve Lunn have successfully been accepted into Oxford and 7 students Lola Wright, Abigail Barrass, Dylan Stewart, Daphne Pleming, Emily Tepley, Amelia Blackwell and Pip Pearce have been successfully been accepted to Cambridge.

We are also proud to report that 7 students Maia Shouksmith, Catherine Lockwood, Catrin Palmer, Charlotte Cranfield, Amberley Evans, Amelia Morris and Ella Collinson have been accepted to study Medicine and 4 students, Sam Tuckley Byrne, Hannah Tedd, Madeline Ball and Abigail Barrass have been accepted to study Veterinary Medicine.

Other prestigious university destinations include James Casemore to Yale, USA and Joshua Turnbull to the Vancouver Film School, Canada.

Principal Emma Young  says “On this most unique results days, in line with previous years, there are lots of Godalming College students rightly celebrating their fantastic results and we are delighted for them. However, in common with the national picture, there are some cases where the national standardisation process has not produced expected outcomes.  We will do all we can to help and support those students.

Ultimately, we hope that students will look back on their time at College with fondness, and that they have formed friendships and memories that will last forever.  We know that the skills, experiences and all round education experience at College will have stood all of our students in the best possible position for their future.  We are very proud of the resilience and way in which our students have dealt with these highly unusual circumstances.  I would also like to pay tribute to our wonderful teachers and support staff who have coped admirably and done their best to support our students during this difficult time for everyone.  Our students should feel proud of what they have achieved over the past couple of years.  We wish them the very best with the next stage of their future, whether that be University, an Apprenticeship or Employment.”

Students who need advice and support are urged to email to arrange an appointment with an adviser.

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