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Become a Member

Full membership of the Association of Colleges is open to:

  1. colleges incorporated under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 or the Education Reform Act 1988; or
  2. colleges created by either the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills or by the Secretary of State for Education

If your college does not fit either of these categories, it may still be eligible to subscribe to AoC. Please contact the membership office for further information on how to join AoC.


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.