The Association of Colleges (AoC) is the national voice for colleges and exists to promote and support their interests.

Everything AoC does is aimed at helping colleges deliver their purpose and to make an impact.  We believe that every community should be supported by a strong and successful college, which develops students, delivers relevant skills, and supports stronger communities, social justice, employers and the economy.

Our promise to you

As your representative body, we will:
  • Influence Government and local and national policymakers to create the environment for strong and sustainable colleges at the heart of the economy.
  • Provide high-quality, professional support, advice and intelligence to meet the needs of every member.
  • Champion and enhance the reputation of colleges and students.
  • Be open and transparent, working with, and for, all members.
  • Provide all members with a seamless service that is professional, proactive and responsive across the whole organisation.

Our strategic aims

We have set four clear strategic aims which will be the focus of our work in the future:

  1. Set the agenda for positive policy changes.
  2. Develop a high profile and strong reputation for colleges.
  3. Deliver expert support, advice and intelligence for members.
  4. Develop a strong, sustainable, ambitious and transparent representative body for members.

How we will achieve this

We will:

  • Work with you in developing policy and enhancing the profile and reputation of colleges.
  • Set clear long-term priorities for our work with robust measures and accountability processes through our governance structure.
  • Work in partnership with a range of other organisations that can support and add value to our work.
  • Maintain a team of professional and skilled people across the country to provide you with the services and support you need.
  • Communicate openly and transparently in our work, making sure you are kept up to date with expert, timely and relevant information.

Policy and Public Affairs

Our aim is to set the agenda for positive policy change.

We will do this by:

  • Engaging you to influence policy developments through our National Policy Groups and seeking members influence through our networks and other connections.
  • Representing your interests with Government Ministers, MPs, officials and key local and national industry players and employer representatives.
  • Ensuring you are kept up to date with the latest intelligence and policy development through clear communications.
  • Developing strong partnerships with key local and national bodies.

Member Services

Our aim is to deliver expert support, advice and intelligence for members.

We will do this by:

  • Providing professional and confidential advice and support to principals, their teams, chairs and governors in areas including governance, HR, inspections and funding
  • Providing networking opportunities through our local forums for principals, governors and senior managers.
  • Providing professional, high-quality local support for colleges through our Area Directors and support teams.
  • Ensuring members are kept up to date via regular, relevant communications.

Professional Services

Our aim is to develop a strong, sustainable, ambitious and transparent representative body for members.

We will do this by:

  • Providing a simple and transparent fee structure.
  • Working efficiently to provide excellent value for money for members.
  • Offering a clear member offer, with additional paid-for opportunities.


For further information on benefits, contact membership.