AoC celebrates excellence in the sector by hosting annual awards for colleges, their staff and students. These span diverse aspects of college life. The AoC Beacon Awards, run by the AoC Charitable Trust, are one of the most respected UK-wide award schemes for colleges. They recognise colleges for innovative, high-quality teaching and learning, and are supported by sponsorship. The AoC Charitable Trust also administers the annual Gold Awards, for which colleges nominate alumni who have excelled in their careers. 

Colleges can nominate individual students for the Student of the Year Award for their remarkable academic, vocational or extra-curricular activities. Students can also submit their photography artwork for the Student Photography competition. The winning entries are displayed at AoC's head office for a year and on our website.