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 careers@godalming.ac.uk  

Pre-enrolment

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 production season 1

“This is not the new normal, this is just an intermission…”

Season 1 – September 2020

Here at Godalming College, ClassAction works to ensure all our training practitioners; actors, dancers, singers and technicians work within a realistic industry model, which allows them to experience, be active, to explore and achieve at the highest level. We provide the very best learning experience possible, inside a mutually respectful and inclusive environment that recognises their creativity, their ambitions and their talent. Our ethos begins right from the start, as over 70 first year drama practitioners filled every found space in Godalming College’s Performing Arts Centre to present the inaugural production of the 2020-2021 season; Lungs by Duncan Macmillan. 

Our first year practitioners appeared on stage at a distance with some second year practitioners to present this first production – the departments first physically distanced and COVID secure livestreamed production. 
“Lungs” was a reimagining of the play by Duncan Macmillan. The original production debuted in 2011 at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather, and political unrest, a young couple wants to have a child but are running out of time. If they over think it, they'll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster.

The production explored an off-kilter love story that is brutally honest, funny, edgy and current. It is harrowing and blisteringly funny, bleak and redemptive, combining hyper-real dialogue with a quirky form that expands and contracts time before our eyes, creating the almost physical sensation of being hurtled towards an uncertain future. The pieces furious pace lives up to its title, leaving the audience feeling the need to pause for breath in a world that does not allow it.

This production was a socially and contextually relevant watch, and a thrilling start to our Season 1 working towards our vision of inspiring and encouraging our young practitioners to take responsibility for their own learning and social interaction and to develop a moral, ethical, political and cultural understanding of the world and the ever-changing times in which we live. 

“This is classic ClassAction; we want to celebrate the creative power of collaboration and debate, discussing our world today. We want to encourage the next generation of practitioners. We want new thinking, we want to push boundaries and above all we want to take risks – this has always been our ethos and we work within that framework right from the off ….” Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama

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