Former student pursuing her dream career!

Meg O'Donnell joined Cadbury College in 2009 from St Peter's Roman Catholic School.  She chose to study English Literature & Language, Media Studies, Photography and Theatre Studies in her first year here, before dropping Theatre  Studies in her second.  She achieved fantastic results in her A-Level subjects, and went off to study a degree in BA (Hons) Photography at Plymouth University.  Here, she talks about her experiences in landing her dream job since graduation and what it took to get where she is today:

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Students gain valuable insight into "Interview Success"

On Tuesday April 19th 2016, Cadbury College welcomed three representatives from Barclays Life Skills, who were prepared to conduct an interactive workshop with our second year students to provide them with useful insight to succeed at university and employment interviews.

Our students, who take part in the WorKing Knowledge enrichment programme at Cadbury Sixth Form College, have had a variety of different experiences when it comes to interviews.  One of the main aims of the workshop was to share these experiences with one another and develop a stronger understanding of how to perform well at an interview, in a bid to improve employability prospects for our students.  Students learned about various interview techniques and what they could expect during a variety of interview processes and how best to prepare for these.  

Design your own future | Be Inspired.

Hufsah Mir joined Cadbury Sixth Form College in 2012 after achieving a strong set of GCSE qualifications at Edgbaston High School for Girls.  In 2014, Hufsah successfully completed her A-Level studies, gaining ABC grades in Graphics, Photography and Textiles respectively.  Currently in her second year of Graphic Design study at the University of Derby, part of Hufsah's course involves establishing links with fellow designers and employers to gain an understanding of what life in the design sector is like after university and where the course can take her.  She spent some time with Birmingham-based design company, "An Endless Supply", where she learnt new techniques and all about life working in the design industry.  She has since populated her personal blog describing the experience.

Former student exhibits worldwide!

Grace Ndiritu (Kenya/UK) studied A-Levels in Textiles, English Literature and Geology at Cadbury College between 1994 and 1996.  Following her studies at Cadbury, she studied Textile Art at Winchester School of Art in the UK, as well as at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, with guest tutors including Marlene Dumas, filmmaker Steve McQueen, Tacita Dean, and Stan Douglas. Since 2005, her work has featured in galleries and museums across the world, including Poland, France, Spain, Morocco and America.  Grace's writings have also appeared in a variety of magazines, books and journals.

Former Cadbury student is now a successful Optometrist!

Matt Rose joined Cadbury College in 1997 to study A-Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths.  Reflecting on his time spent studying at Cadbury College, Matt said, "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the college, and I actually met my now-wife and Best Man there too!  I have many happy memories from my time there!  Whilst I was studying my A-Levels, Cadbury hosted a career-focussed talk discussing embarking on a career in Optometry.  It was because of this talk, complemented by teacher support and my enjoyment of the subjects, that I decided to study Optometry as a university degree."  

Matt studied a BSC (Hons) Optometry degree at the Institute of Science and Technology at the University of Manchester between 1998 and 2001, followed by the successful completion of his Professional Qualifications in 2002.

City Year visit Cadbury College

On Friday March 18th, City Year and STA Travel set up camp in Cadbury College's Hub (restaurant), advertising some amazing gap year and volunteering opportunities to students.  After students complete their advanced level studies, they can either go to university, start employment or take a year out to "change the world" before they embark on their next step.  Finding out what these organisations could offer was an eye-opening experience for students.

Ryan Hussain joined Cadbury College in 2012 from Queensbridge Visual and Performing Arts School, studying A-Levels in English Literature, Psychology and Sociology.

When he was studying his A-Levels, he wasn't 100% sure what he wanted to do when he left college, so he decided to spend 11 months volunteering for City Year.  Discussing his experiences, Ryan said: 

Photography students visit the Tate Modern Gallery

In March, first and second year A-Level Photography students took a trip to the Tate Modern Art Gallery to experience the "Performing for the Camera" exhibition, which is running until June 12th 2016.

It was a fantastic experience for the students, with the exhibition being full of big names from the photography world.

It bagn with the 196,0s where Yves Klein documented his nude models' performances where they were painted blue and created body prints on paper. This went all the way through the decades, through to Cindy Sherman where she changes her identity through a variety of portraiture work.

There were over 50 photographers exhibiting at the event, so there was something to inspire all of the photography student’s own work and projects.

A-Level students enjoy the beauty of the southern coast!

On Monday February 29th 2016, our Geography and Travel & Tourism students hit the road bright and early at 8am to begin their exciting field trip in Bournemouth, Dorset. The group filled two mini-buses and arrived at The Mount Stuart Hotel in good time. They enjoyed great spring weather throughout the trip, and visited a wealth of popular sites during their few days there. On their first day, the group visited the famous cliff (East Cliff at Bridport Sands, West Bay) which forms the set of the popular TV Show, Broadchurch.  Incidentally, overnight on February 29th, a section of the cliff had collapsed, and the group were able to discuss why this may have happened and assess the impact, which complements their studies in their respective subjects.  

Students helped to "build a better working world" at EY!

On the 26th February 2016, second year students from Cadbury College finished their 2 weeks' work experience at Universum World's second most attractive employer in the world [2014], EY (formerly Ernst & Young). 

Raheem Hussain and Janki Chohan (pictured left) have both successfully completed their first year of A-Level study at Cadbury and are half way through their second whilst preparing for their next steps.