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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

Wednesday 26th June marked a significant milestone at Sandwell family of colleges as we hosted our first-ever student conference, bringing together students from across all three campuses (Sandwell College, Cadbury Sixth Form College and Central Saint Michael’s Sixth Form). The event aimed to amplify our students’ voices, providing them with a platform to share their perspectives and contribute to shaping our colleges communities.

Graham Pennington, CEO and Principal of Sandwell family of colleges attended and expressed his excitement about the conference. “It was inspiring to witness our first ever conference and hear from the students themselves. Their enthusiasm and insights are invaluable as we aim to create an inclusive and responsive educational environment”.

Raza Hussain Spoken word Artist and former Cadbury Student joined us as our guest speaker who spoke about his journey and his home City Birmingham. Additionally, Tarenpreet student president of Central Saint Michael’s Sixth Form and Central Campus and Bilal, student president of Cadbury Sixth Form College shared their personal thoughts and journey at the college.

A key highlight for all attendees was the breakout sessions where students had the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions which had a particular focus on the family of colleges values; Respect, Responsible and Ready, the content of tutorials and mindfulness. The students were able to delve into these core values, exploring their relevance within the community. The feedback from these discussions will play a key role in guiding our future initiatives.

We are already looking forward to next year’s conference as this year’s event has set a strong foundation for ongoing collaboration between students and the college ensuring student voice remains at the heart of what we do.

The Sandwell Family of Colleges – of which Cadbury forms part – has been recognised for its commitment to Health and Wellbeing support at the annual Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) awards.

Principal and leadership team with the award

The Health and Wellbeing category specifically acknowledges initiatives and programmes that prioritise the mental and physical wellbeing of the college community, including students and staff. We are extremely proud to announce that we have been awarded recognition for our dedication to Mental Health & Wellness.

Principal and Chief Executive Officer Graham Pennington said: “We’re delighted to be recognised for our mental health and wellness initiatives. I’m incredibly proud of the extensive and tailored support we have in place across The Sandwell Family of Colleges to support our learners, staff and the wider community with issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing. The impact is enormous and real, and it’s all made possible by the passion and commitment of individual staff members who work so hard to remove barriers and realise potential. It’s a real privilege to lead a College with mental health support truly at the heart of its culture and it’s encouraging to see the positive impact we are making year on year. This achievement is down to the tireless efforts of so many of our staff whose commitment and dedication is unwavering.”

Every year, the SFCA provide this sector-wide opportunity and select a small number of providers nationally, who shine within eight areas of work. This is an invaluable way to share the successes of the sector and celebrate the achievements and impact of individual Colleges.


Cadbury Culture Day and One World hugely contributed to the success of Summer Unity Fest – a celebratory week across the Sandwell family of campuses for everyone to unite, reflect and have fun.

Culture Day was an incredible day filled with cultural exchange, interactive quizzes and delicious food at our Cadbury campus. We then joined with Sandwell College to celebrate the festival week with a showcase of diversity, talent and togetherness at the annual One World event. Central Saint Michael’s very own A Level Science lecturers Dr Ross Cooper and Dr Avtar Singh also performed a duet on the vibrant main stage.

A host of talented artists and performers performed on the colourful main stage, from Wen Sheung dancers, Eternal Taal drums, Giddah, Kathak, Ecuadorian, Columbian and Congolese dancers to K-pop, street dance, storytelling and Afrobeat, and so much more besides, while learners and lecturers wore their national and regional dress.

A series of speakers opened the inspirational event, including Principal and CEO Graham Pennington and Councillor Ahmed Bostan. Stalls were also selling a wide variety of handmade crafts and gifts and serving delicious food from around the world.

One World Organiser Manjit Johal said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate our global community. Every year we make One World a more memorable one.”

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