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Cadbury College

Here at Cadbury Sixth Form College we pride ourselves on offering young people an extensive range of over 50 advanced level subjects in an environment that is designed to exclusively meet the needs, interests and aspirations of the young adults we serve.

Our mission is to provide high quality education leading to excellent higher education and employment prospects for our diverse community of students. A high percentage of our students progress to university, whilst others go into careers in the workplace with aligned higher education training. Whatever their destination, our students leave prepared for their next steps: independent, adaptable and resilient.

Our learners travel from across Birmingham, Solihull, Hall Green, Bordesley, Sutton Coldfield & Redditch to experience our specialist Sixth Form College. We offer all 16-18 students FREE bus travel, so whether the college is local to you or not, we make it easier for you to get here.

Why Cadbury Sixth Form College

Cadbury’s reputation is built upon excellent teaching, caring pastoral care and strong student support. We help students to achieve their full potential at Cadbury and students go on to study at universities across the UK or get into full time employment once they have completed their studies.

Sixth Form College Birmingham

Based in Kings Norton, Cadbury benefits from great transport links. With bus stops right outside the college and the Kings Norton train station within walking distance, students can travel from all over Birmingham. We take students from Birmingham, the West Midlands and neighbouring counties.

A Levels and BTEC courses in Birmingham

With over 50 courses specialising in various subjects, we offer a range of qualifications to study at different levels. Cadbury offers A Level and BTEC courses. Students at Cadbury have the option to study Level 2 or Level 3 courses.

Student Testimonials

“Whilst studying Religious Studies at Cadbury Sixth Form College I have developed a much clearer understanding and awareness of the world’s most popular religions. Religious Studies appeals to individuals who are inquisitive and willing to challenge their own attitudes and beliefs, as well as those of others.” Niyaz

“I studied Sociology with English Language and Psychology at Cadbury Sixth Form College, achieving AAC grades. I am now studying a degree in Sociology at the University of Liverpool.” Hannah

“Studying Sport & Exercise Science gives me the opportunity to work on individual and team skills, whilst also allowing me to develop my knowledge in Physiology so I can go on to University and study Physiotherapy.” Sheniqua

“It’s so much more coursework based than it is for GCSE. That sparks imagination and it’s a pretty amazing thing when teachers teach you practical skills and then just let you get on with it, and let your imagination carry you across your course.” Finn

“Doing this qualification has really pushed me ahead. I feel like the experience at Cadbury has been very inclusive. The students here are diverse and the teachers are very accepting.” Aqael

“It’s been a good experience as it’s different to how we used to do it in secondary school. This is where teamwork and communication skills come in.” Deborah

“You’ll be given a topic and you’ll find your own route and your own ideas and you build on them. So it goes from a massive scramble of everything to getting that one final piece.” Ciaran

“Pretty much on every module you’ll cover, you’ll do some kind of practical investigation. It’s really useful to see how the knowledge that you’ve learned can be applied in science and how you can learn about things like respiration and how it can be implemented in the real world. All the teachers are really helpful here.” Elliott

“So two days we do placement, and we watch the development of children and how they learn. Everything we learn in class we implement in a nursery setting. The teachers support you really well in your work so you can achieve the best grade, and if you are struggling with your grades, they’ll push you to get the best grades you can achieve.” Tanya

“I think it’s nice that you have that choice as in a lot of colleges you have to do certain topics. I could choose which topics I was more interested in. The teachers have been really helpful and are always around to help when you need them to be. Even when you’re not in college they’re really quick to respond on emails at any time of the day.” Zabrina

“If you think that you need GCSE experience – you don’t. You can completely start from scratch and it’s not daunting because you don’t jump straight into international trade and globalisation. You start from the local UK economics system and you build up on your knowledge as you’re going along. The Economics teachers are absolutely lovely. They give you information about work experience events that are happening locally, and because of that I managed to secure a Goldman Sachs and a Morgan Stanley insight week programme which was really good to go on the CV as well.” Asha

“The teachers have been really kind and supportive since the start.” Salima

“American and British History has been super-interesting. We delve into our coursework and for that we went to the Slavery Museum in Liverpool. There’s just a lot of mutual respect from teacher to student.” Joe

“There’s tons of support from the staff and I do find lessons really fun. I’m really fortunate to do Maths as all of my other subjects are humanities based, but I also really love STEM subjects as well, and so coming here I’ve been able to do both and there’s been no problem, with no timetable clashes, as Cadbury made sure I was able to do everything that I wanted to do.” Ellie

“I moved from a sixth form and restarted here and it’s just been an overall better experience. Music is literally one of the best courses I could ever ask for. We’ve got such an amazing teacher. It’s very performance based which is what I thrive in. We do ensemble work as a group and we do solo work. There’s still a bit of theory in there and we put on gigs in the canteen every few weeks.” Emily

“This course is more workshop based and the second year is really practical. We have trips planned out and performances. This college is so inclusive in terms of anyone can join.” Tia

“The course is split into the UK and the US with two different teachers – both of them incredible. We do have a lot more freedom in this college and it’s nice because we can revise how we want and at any point in time we can go to our teachers and they’re always there to help us. They always make time for us.” Praveer

“It’s very different from GCSE in the sense that you’re not just focusing specifically on how people of a certain religion live their lives. These are huge almost incomprehensible ideas that do make their way into your mind. I think it’s now probably my favourite subject.” Thomas

“You get an insight into a different culture. One thing I really like is how dynamic it is so it’s not like secondary school where you have the teacher really far from the student. Here it’s more. I really like my teachers, they’re really supportive and they made the lessons really accessible with their own tactics, when sometimes the topics are hard. They also offer trips to Spain.” Omaima

“We look at the theory. We talk about issues and injuries. There are practical elements like how to do coaching, how to set up a coaching session, how to communicate. My teachers are great at communicating and we know what we’re doing when it comes to work. There’s great student feedback so you do feel part of the sporting area.” Jake

“It’s mostly go into the classroom and go straight ahead with our own work. We all have our own individual projects. Recently we’ve been to the Herbert Art Gallery for textiles to visit Daniel Lismore which is great and I think that organising all these gallery visits is so great for our research as well. We’ve been to London and Tate Liverpool. We have such great teachers. They’re really encouraging. The teaching style here and the friends I’ve made here are really great. I cherish the memories that I’ve made here.”

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Cadbury Career Pathways

Cadbury Sixth Form College has an excellent reputation for being one of the very best sixth form colleges in Birmingham, offering an innovative learning experience. The College offers a range of professional career pathway courses which include a combination of A Levels, BTEC Diplomas or Subsidiary Diplomas that can lead to employment or university.

Digital Media, Journalism and Marketing
Digital Media, Journalism and Marketing

A pathway designed for careers to express your creativity with digital influences.

Medicine and Life Sciences
Medicine and Life Sciences

A pathway designed for students with an aptitude for science and concerned about the welfare of others..

Health & Social Care
Health & Social Care

A pathway designed for careers focusing on empowering others and providing support.

Engineering and Design for Future Innovation
Engineering and Design for Future Innovation

A pathway designed for careers with an analytical, technical and design focus, creating the solutions of tomorrow.

Computer Science
Computer Science

A pathway designed for careers in a rapidly developing sector with the latest technology trends and influences.

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

A pathway designed for careers in business management areas including sales and marketing.

Law and Criminology
Law and Criminology

A pathway designed for careers providing a deeper understanding of society and related issues.

Latest News & Events

The Sandwell family of colleges – of which Cadbury Sixth Form College forms part – is delighted to announce the appointment of its new CEO and Principal Lisa Capper MBE.

Lisa takes up the position from Graham Pennington, who has held the post since 2014, transforming the family of colleges into one of the largest providers of education to young people in the country.

Lisa joins from her role as CEO and Principal at Stoke on Trent College where she has transformed the quality of provision and financial health of the college, securing significant partnerships and profile for its continued success in meeting the skills needs of learners and employers.

Campus Principal Lydia Maher continues to lead the highly successful Cadbury Sixth Form College as it celebrates 40 years of tradition and innovation.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Capper said: “I am delighted to be joining the Sandwell family of colleges at such an exciting time. The college offers great opportunity for the young people and residents of Sandwell and Birmingham to achieve their education and skills’ ambitions and develop their careers. I am looking forward to working with the talented and dedicated teams across all sites and hope that I can bring my skills and experience to build on their tremendous achievements.”

Alan Taylor, Chair of the Governing Board at the College said: “Lisa brings extensive experience of senior leadership and governance in further education, and through the roles she has held in colleges, charities and in government, a demonstrable commitment to the learners we serve. We are delighted to welcome Lisa to the Sandwell family of colleges and look forward to her joining us in the autumn.

“On behalf of the Board, I should like to extend our thanks to Graham for all his work and contribution to the progress of the colleges over the past decade.”

Bon appetit! Cadbury was the first of a series of colleges in the region to thank their local community with food and friendship by hosting the Big Community Lunch.

Cadbury students and staff were saying thank you to more than 60 guests from Kings Norton Primary School and local care homes, with a picnic-style lunch attended by HM The King’s representative, the Deputy Lieutenant Dr M Sakhawat.

The special occasion involved delicious food, creative craft activities, face painting and live music from students. Students were also responsible for helping to organise the event and make it as sustainable as possible.

Executive Director for Human Resources and Organisational Development, Becky Beaty, said: “The Big Lunch is a wonderful opportunity for neighbours and communities to come together for a few hours of friendship, food, and fun. It aims to connect people and foster friendlier, safer communities where conversations, ideas, skills, resources, and friendship can be shared.
“A big thank to our hosts, the hugely committed student support team who are key to our positive learning environment and to ensuring all learners have full access to their studies through a broad range of pastoral and welfare services.”

The project, which is being organised and run by the West Midlands Lieutenancy, means Cadbury will join fellow further education colleges in the region in hosting community events throughout June.

More than a thousand people are set to attend lunches, afternoon teas and picnics, which will coincide with the year’s Big Lunch project to celebrate everything that makes our communities great.

The Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Sir John Crabtree OBE, said; “I’m delighted that so many colleges from right across the region are getting involved with this year’s #FE Big Lunch.
“Launched last year to coincide with the Coronation, the initiative has really taken off and is set to be bigger and better than ever.
“With a sustainable and environmentally friendly theme this year, the West Midlands Lieutenancy is pleased to be supporting these important community events and we hope everyone has a great time.”

Which Careers Did Our Amazing Alumni Choose?

If you need inspiration for choosing your degree destination after sixth form, take a tip from Cadbury’s Class of 2023. Creative, scientific, business, health and humanities – they’ve got them all covered – along with the most popular career choices. In fact, there’s everything from nursing, criminology and architecture to data science, forensic psychology and film-making.

Sometimes it can feel like you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding on that final degree direction, but it needn’t be a case of choosing one or the other. Our 2023 class found their perfect matches by combining Business & Marketing, Ancient History & History, Criminology & Psychology, Civil & Transportation Engineering, International Relations & Economics, and Radiotherapy & Oncology.

Enrich your experience

Want to investigate and really get under the skin of something new? If you’re looking for a completely new challenge, do some outside the box thinking and opt for higher study in Artificial Intelligence, Construction Project Management, Paramedic Science, Marine Biology, Professional Policing or even Horology.

Never work with children or animals the old saying goes. But that hasn’t deterred our alumni from going into teaching and studying Early Childhood Education and Care, Education and SEND, Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status, Working with Children, Young People and Families, or even Zoology with a (wait for it) Year Abroad!

Sandwich Placements 🥪

Looking to fill up your CV before you even graduate? Well degrees like Biochemistry, Computer Games Technology, Cyber Security, Digital Media Computing, Media and Communication can offer you a professional placement year or industrial experience as an integral part of your course. Food for thought!

So if you want to follow a similar path to our amazing alumni, or start your very own career trajectory, we’ve got some incredible courses that will set you on your way.

Apply today and secure your place.

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