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Student of the Year 2023/24

The Student of the Year awards 23/24 have now closed

Winners will be invited to attend an awards celebration event in London in Spring 2024.

The AoC Student of the Year awards celebrate truly unique students from AoC member colleges across England who deserve recognition and will go on to inspire others. The awards show the fantastic work that students are doing in colleges as well as the lengths colleges go to support their students. These awards are an opportunity to highlight outstanding and exceptional individuals and showcase their achievements, talents, and successes. These students have gone above and beyond to give back and positively impact their college and community.

2023/24 Award Categories and Sponsors


Young Student of the Year (16 to 18 years old) sponsored by Edge

This category is open to anyone aged 16 to 18-years-old by 31 August 2023. There is no restriction on the course, type or level they are completing.


Apprentice of the Year sponsored by NOCN Group

This category is open to anyone completing/completed an apprenticeship. There is no restriction on age, type or level of apprenticeship.


Adult Student of the Year (19+) sponsored by AoC

This category is open to anyone aged 19-years-old and over as at 31 August 2023. There is no restriction to the type or level of course they are completing or the upper age limit.


Higher Education Student of the Year sponsored by Advanced HE

This category seeks nominations from colleges to recognise outstanding and exceptional students who have studied a higher education programme at a college. The programme will need to be at level 4 and above and lead to a prescribed or non-prescribed HE qualification. This could include Foundation

Degree, HNC/D, Diploma HE, Undergraduate Degree, NVQ 4 and above, Higher Level or Degree apprenticeships or others studied on a full time or part time basis. We encourage colleges to nominate students from all age groups. This is an opportunity to help provide recognition to students and colleges for excellence in HE


Student Green Commitment sponsored by Inenco

This Student of the year award is open to all FE students in AoC member colleges who have made a significant impact on sustainability, biodiversity, and/or green skills at a national, regional, local or community level.

For this year awards, 23/24, we will accept nominations from students enrolled on a college course for 2021-22 and 2022-23

Colleges may wish to nominate Students who have led on specific action projects ,this could include activities such as Forest Schools, recycling schemes including beach cleaning, sustainable transport schemes, carbon reduction initiatives, fashions swap shops, plant-based catering initiatives, biodiversity projects including the Queen's green canopy or creation of new wetlands or wildlife meadows; projects that reduce eco anxiety.

Nominations may also include students who have represented student and/or on local/regional/national panels/groups and boards, governing body members leading on sustainability or green skills, and student leaders of college sustainability group


AQA Project Excellence Award

AoC Member Colleges are also eligible to apply for the Project Excellence award sponsored by AQA. For further details please use link below

AQA Project Excellence Award