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Nominations for our 2017 Beacon and student awards are now open. This is your opportunity to celebrate the achievements, innovation and success of your college and students.

Beacon Awards 2017

  • Edge Award for Practical Teaching and Learning
  • Jisc Award for the Effective Use of Technology in Further Education
  • Award for the promotion and delivery of successful apprenticeships
  • Award for Students with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities
  • City & Guilds Award for Staff Development
  • RSM Award for Leadership and Governance
  • Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Association of Colleges Award for College Engagement with Employers
  • Skills Education Group Award for Transition into Post-16 Education and Training
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company Careers Education and Guidance Award
  • Gateway Qualifications Widening Participation in Learning Award

The prospectus is available below. Visit the AoC website for full details.

Beacon prospectus 2017/18.pdf (PDF,9.88 MB)


Student of the Year Awards

The Student of the Year Awards highlight exceptional achievement and celebrates successes.

  • Young student of the year
  • Adult student of the year
  • Apprentice of the year

Visit the AoC website for full details.


Student Video of the Year Award

A new award for 2017, we want to recognise the creativity of your students. All college students are able to enter by producing a short (max 45 seconds) video which best meets the theme: How colleges transform lives and communities.

Visit our AoC website for full details.

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