New GCSE Grade Conversions

In 2017 GCSEs were updated with new GCSEs being linear in structure rather than modular. Students now have all exams at the end of a two-year course. The changes were made to make GCSEs more challenging and to help students leave school better prepared for work and further study. GCSEs will now be graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade a student can achieve, compared to the previous grading system which gave students a grade between an A* and G grade. A grade 4 is now what the Department of Education recognises as a ‘standard pass’ which previously would have been a grade C.

Bursary Information

Student Services at Cadbury College provides a wealth of support and guidance for its student body, including financial support. 

The college supports two types of bursary; The Guaranteed Bursary and The  Discretionary Bursary.

The Guaranteed Bursary

The Guaranteed Bursary is for students who live independently or for those who are in care.  The bursary provides up to £1,200 per year to support students with their travel passes, UCAS application fees, books and equipment, course-specific field trips and lunch vouchers.

Student Success Stories

Professor Giles Hammond of the University of Glasgow, was a student at Cadbury College from 1990-1992 and studied A-Levels in physics, chemistry and mathematics. He is a leading figure in his field of gravitational research, having developed techniques and sensors for advanced gravitational wave detectors.

He says: “I’m from Birmingham and my parents still live there, so Cadbury was the local college for me. It had a good reputation for science and maths and was a couple of bus rides away from my home in Bournville

Entry Requirements

Standard 3 A-Level Programme:

Many students will choose to study 3 A-Level courses.  From September, Cadbury College will be running linear A-Level courses, which means students will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years that they are here. Entry requirements for this programme are:

Frequently Asked Questions

My school’s sixth form is smaller – does that mean it’s better?

Ofsted have recently criticised small school sixth forms in a recent report published in TES Magazine, for offering a narrow choice of subjects which often "guide young people on the wrong courses because of the limited range available" meaning that students attending smaller sixth forms are more likely to "achieve considerably poorer results than those in larger sixth forms." Cadbury College is proud to offer a wide range of courses including A-Levels and BTEC Level 3s.

How to Apply

If you’re keen to continue your academic studies post 16 and have ambitions to move onto University, Higher-Level Apprenticeships or Employment – then we’d love to talk to you about the opportunities we have available to you at Cadbury College to help you meet your aspirations. 

Why Choose Cadbury

Cadbury College is a specialist Sixth Form College providing A Level and BTEC education to 16-19-year olds from Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Here at Cadbury we pride ourselves on offering young people an extensive range of over 40 advanced level subjects in an environment that is designed exclusively to meet the needs, interests and aspirations of the young adults we serve. The Cadbury experience is built on over 35 years’ experience of delivering success for our learners in a diverse, inclusive and friendly atmosphere.

Student Hub

Cadbury College is a specialist Sixth Form College in South Birmingham.  With more than 30 years' experience under our belts, we recruit roughly 1000 students each year; we thrive on the diversity of our student body.  All our students study a wide variety of subjects and go on to achieve great things after Cadbury.  

We want to welcome you to Cadbury College; our aim is to "provide high quality education leading to excellent higher education and employment prospects for our diverse community of students", and you could be a part of our success.