Award commendation for college student

The achievements and commitment to learning of a business student at City of Wolverhampton College have led to her receiving a commendation from a leading qualifications awarding body.

Sophie Pritchard, aged 19, who is studying for a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in business, was commended in the Outstanding BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year category of the annual BTEC Awards.

The awards are an opportunity for students, teachers, schools and colleges to be recognised for and celebrate their achievements and, although Sophie did not make it through to the finals, judges said that her commendation is “a wonderful accomplishment and a great indication of the truly outstanding work Sophie has completed.”

Sophie, who has gained the highest possible grade of three D*s on the course and been offered a place to study for a degree in accounting and management at Aston University from September, said: “I was thrilled to be nominated for the award and am really grateful for the support the tutors have given me throughout the course – they’ve made learning fun and have definitely got me to where I want to be.”

Vicky Howells, business tutor at the college who nominated Sophie for the award, said: “Sophie has shown a real aptitude for business and has excelled throughout the course.  Despite having Friederich’s Ataxia and being a wheelchair user this has never stopped Sophie from throwing herself into college life. As well as being extremely committed to learning she has taken on a number of extra-curricular roles to support her fellow students and has represented the college at national events – she is an inspiration to us all.”

The college offers a wide range of full and part-time business qualifications and places are still available for courses starting in September – for more information click here


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