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

Safety week posters

Staying Safe

Our annual Safety Week was held virtually as with many other events this year.  The aim is to help students to understand the risks in their lives and choose how to act based on the knowledge they have learnt.  This year the week covered topics such as Alcohol and Drugs, Be safe and Well, COVID, Driving, E-Safety and Gaming.

The week was delivered through Microsoft Teams via Personal Tutors with parents also being able to access information such as a hard hitting and emotional video made by the police, council and emergency services on driving safely called Safe Drive, Stay Alive. The video is a valuable message to young people, many of whom are learning to drive or have just passed their test but also warnings about being careful who you get in a car with.

As part of the Staying Safe strategy in College the Neighbourhood Specialist Officers visit regularly to engage with students (in a socially distanced way) and break down barriers.

"A really good visit today, lots of positive engagement – and even a socially distanced photo with students who really seemed to appreciate the efforts to engage with them, had lots of questions and stories of experiences with Police both good and bad to share. I think becoming a more familiar presence is definitely breaking the ice and there’s a kind of knock on effect of one group seeing another group engaging with us in a positive way making them more willing to engage. "  say our Neighbourhood Specialist Officer

Feedback form students taking part in Safety Week includes:

'Most of the clips were incredibly helpful and I feel better informed about the matters explored'

'They are all relevant and the ones I looked at were informative'

'Quite important for us to learn at this age, I thought they were quite in-depth'

'Absolutely fantastic, couldn’t' have asked for more.  Blew me out of my chair'

'The driving video was very important'


Virtual Tour

Godalming College is a great place to study. We achieve exceptional exam results, we have first class modern facilities.