Students on a unique course which cares for the environment head for green careers after celebrating a successful set of results.

BTEC Environmental Sustainability students at Cadbury College, who have spent two years improving the college’s environmental impact, are heading off to university to develop green careers.


The course, which is the only sustainability course equivalent to an A Level in Birmingham, is celebrating a 100% pass rate which includes two students achieving the top grade of Distinction*, which is equivalent to an A* at A Level.

Students on the course study environmental issues including global warming, energy management and conservation, with an emphasis on what business and communities can do to become more sustainable. During the two-year course, working alongside rangers from Kings Heath Park, students undertook planting to improve biodiversity, grew vegetables and revamped of the college pond.

Eighteen year old Adero Harris, from Perry Barr, studied the course alongside A Levels in History and Sociology. She now has a place at the University of Lancaster to study Archaeology. She said:

“I really enjoyed the course as it helped make the college environment more sustainable, which is good for everyone’s future.”

Fellow student Helena Thomas-Harmen is heading to the University of the West of England to study Geography and is keen to start a career in the environmental sector. She said:

“I learned more about our impact on the environment and how we can all make a difference. After my degree I am aiming for a career in either environmental management or renewable energy.”

The specialist sixth form college, based in Kings Norton, offers a range of vocational courses which focus on developing industry skills and can be taken alongside A Levels.

The courses, which are at Level 3 and equivalent to A Level, include 3D Design, Business, Digital Arts, Creative Media Production, Health and Social Care, Law, Sport, Music and Performing Arts.

By combining A Level and BTEC qualifications students gain academic knowledge and professional skills which enables progression onto university and an opportunity to develop skills required by industry.

Environmental Sustainability Teacher, Ian Vogel, said:

“The great thing about the course is its hand-on approach and that students get to design, develop and deliver their own projects. The course has achieved so much on campus and it’s great that students plan to take forward their passion for the environment into the future.”

More information about the range of BTEC and A Level courses available at Cadbury College is available from


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