Recent Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) graduate Sophie Wilson has received the honour of the British Psychology Society’s (BPS) Award for achieving the best overall grade.

Sophie graduated along with the University's inaugural Foundation Year (FdY) cohort with first-class honours from the Psychology & Early Childhood Studies programme.

The BPS prize is awarded to those students who were nominated by their institutions after achieving the highest overall score in a BPS accredited degree programme. Sophie not only receives the award, but also a gift voucher, a years' free Graduate Membership of the BPS, and a letter of congratulations from the Society's CEO.

Sophie began her post-school education on an apprenticeship when she was 16 years old, quickly progressing into the world of work. From there, she decided to pursue a career in children’s social work.

So in 2019, Sophie began her BGU journey, joining the University's FdY programme. This programme offers an opportunity for individuals who don't typically possess the entry requirements for undergraduate study the chance to develop their academic skills and progress on to a specialised undergraduate course here at BGU.

Sophie said: "The foundation year was so important for my studies, as it provided a baseline and an understanding of how to complete a university-level degree, and how to read and reference at an academic level.

"It equipped me with all the skills and tools I needed to succeed, especially after I'd had a big gap from formal education."

Sophie has big plans for the future and intends to pursues a career in children’s safeguarding.

If you’d like to learn more about some of BGU’s FdY success stories, click here.

For those seeking to enhance self-confidence, secure a spot in an undergraduate course, or explore the Foundation Year program, find detailed information on our website.

For enquiries, kindly email or 01522 583658, or directly reach the Foundation Year team at

23rd August 2023

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