GCSE Results Day is finally here! As pupils across Birmingham collect their results and start to plan their future, Cadbury College, the specialist sixth form college based in Kings Norton, has come up with a series of online blogs to help students and parents decide on their next step after school.

Due to the government increasing the ‘participation age’ (sometimes known as the ‘school leaving age’) young people who finished year 11 this summer, have to remain in some form of education until at least their 18th birthday.

Young people do not, however, have to remain in school. Which is why the term school leaving age can be a bit confusing!

For those leaving school this summer, full-time education is an option, but this does not mean they have to continue on in their current school.  Students can choose to study at a college, a sixth form college or school sixth form.

And this is not the only option. Young people can take part in an apprenticeship or traineeship. There is also the opportunity to work full-time, as long as they are also taking part in some part-time education or training on the side. Part-time volunteering also counts towards this option.

Help is on hand!

At Cadbury, we realise choosing your next step is a big decision, so hopefully our tips will help you make the right one. Take a look at our online blogs:

Six tips for choosing a sixth form

My big decision: School or College? A blog written for us by Rosie, who is studying History at the University of Exeter.

College vs School – Highlights some of the main differences between college and school.

Raising the participation age – Young people’s choices after school.

The end of an era – Written by recent A2 leaver Jodane, who blogs about his two years at Cadbury and offers top tips for new students.

Cadbury Sixth Form College offers a wide range of A Level and BTEC Level 3 vocational courses, which are available in almost any combination of subjects.  At Cadbury, individuals follow a study programme that is unique to them; with students being able to follow an academic programme of A Levels, mix A Levels and BTEC qualifications or study more than one vocational BTEC course.

Students who are interested in studying A Levels or BTEC vocational courses at Cadbury College can find out more by visiting www.cadcol.ac.uk. Places are available to start in September 2014.

For students that do not quite get the grades they wanted and would like to improve their GCSE grade profile, the college also offers a one year GCSE resit programme.

Secure your place. Contact us today!


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