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

Greening Godalming Colection boxes

Environmental Group makes a difference

The Greening Godalming group took shape as part of the +Explore programme when our French teacher and passionate environmentalist Frédérique Lecerf began to enthuse students into making a difference. 

In the first year (2019/20 academic year) the group pushed for the expansion of the Solar PV system at the College. The Wey Valley Solar Schools Co-operative has approved our request and they have made arrangements with SSE for the necessary connection to the Power grid with panels on the roofs of the Independent Learning Centre and the Performing Arts Building. The total scheme proposed is 113 Kw which added to the current 95 Kw scheme on the Sports Centre and 900s will give us total configuration of just over 200 Kw at the College. The Co-operative covers all the costs of provision and installation and the College benefits from cheaper electricity. The key benefit though is that we will be significantly reducing our reliance on fossil fuels for our electricity. If all goes to plan the scheme in place by Summer 2021.

The weekly group meetings this year have been linked different topics such as Climate Change and have focused on information, raising awareness and how we can make a difference eg with Fast fashion, Food, etc.  The group have also been very active with the following:

• Tutor groups presentation
• Mini virtual Christmas fayre
• Eco-friendly handmade Christmas cards
• Over 15kg of pens sent to Terracycle in September to be recycled
• Enormous bag of crisps packets sent to Terracycle
• New crisps and sweet wrappers boxes made plus a couple purchased for the social areas with the money from last year's Wellbeing/Eco-Fayre
• Greening Godalming Logo made by student of the group
Projects we are working on:
• Creating a permanent Eco group of students
• Rewilding strip in college / planting wild flowers

• Adding pollinators flowers in beds around college

Spring Term update:  Since schools and Colleges went into lockdown the Greening Godalming environmental group have turned their attention to exploring topics on sustainable living such as the carbon footprint of food, managing waste (composting), sustainable homes and fashion and sustainable transport. They are looking forward to getting back into College when they will take more action in their Greening Godalming plan.

Virtual Tour

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