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

History of Art competition

History of Art student wins National Competition

Talented History of Art student Max Taylor is the the winner of SPoKE 2021 a National Art History documentary competition with judges including art historian and TV presenter Kate Bryan (Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year), Abigail Harrison-Moore (Professor of Art History, Leeds University), Rupert Isaacson (author and producer of 'The Horse Boy'). Sponsors and supported of the competition included the Association for Art History, Art History Abroad, Frieze Art Fair.

Max is currently in his first year of studying History of Art at Godalming College. The film he researched and produced was based on a Puerto Rican painter Olga Albizu, an Abstract Expressionist whose paintings were used for record sleeves in the 1960s. Max researched her career, painting technique and the reception of the work in the 1960s. He also used the music from the 1960s that it was used to promote in his film.

The SPoKE annual art history documentary competition is open to all sixth form students. Entrants to the competition are asked to produce a short film of approx 5-7 minutes on any work of art of their choice which they research independently and film/edit a video essay. It is designed to challenge students to link what they see visually with the analysis in an imaginative and creative way which is underpinned by academic evidence.

"SPoKE is an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their own independent thinking when researching artists and works of art. We are always excited by the results they produce and as teachers, find ourselves learning from the students! Max was a deserving winner, the exceptional attention to detail in his filming was supported by an eloquent and articulate discussion on an artist who deserves more recognition. The judges commented on how effective Max's film was in interpreting a painting which embodied the mood and energy of a vibrant era". says History of Art teacher, Daniel Greaney.

The competition was set up by Tom Parsons of St Mary's School in Ascot and has been running for several years.  The shortlisted films were shown on the evening of 2nd March via Zoom and Max was announced as the winner with his film being shown at the end of the event. He wins a cash prize of £200 alongside that accolade of SPoKE winner of 2021. 

Max is the second winner of the SPoKE competition to come from Godalming College, Amber Bardell won in 2017 with her film Cardinal Sin which was a thought provoking film about media manipulation.

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