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Student of the Year 2024/25

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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.

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Please ensure you have read these documents before completing your application.


2024/25 Student of the Year Award Categories and Sponsors

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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 2024.

There is no restriction on the course, type or level they are completing.

Closing date for entries: Monday 8 July

To pre-register to apply for this award category please click here before completing your application. You will receive an e-mail from AoC awards team with further instructions.

To apply for Young Student of the Year Award


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Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Association of Colleges

This category is open to anyone completing/completed an apprenticeship.

There is no restriction on age, type or level of apprenticeship.

Closing date for entries: Monday 8 July

To pre-register to apply for this award category please click here before completing your application. You will receive an e-mail from AoC awards team with further instructions.

To apply for Apprentice of the Year Award


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

This category is open to anyone aged 19-years-old and over as at 31 August 2024.

There is no restriction to the type or level of course they are completing or the upper age limit.

Closing date for entries: Monday 8 July

To pre-register to apply for this award category please click here before completing your application. You will receive an e-mail from AoC awards team with further instructions.

To apply for adult student of the Year award


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Higher Education Student of the Year sponsored by Association of Colleges

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

Closing date for entries: Monday 8 July

To pre-register to apply for this award category please click here before completing your application. You will receive an e-mail from AoC awards team with further instructions.

to apply for Higher Education student of the year award


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Student Green Commitment sponsored by NOCN Group

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.

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, 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

Closing date for entries: Monday 8 July

To pre-register to apply for this award category please click here before completing your application. You will receive an e-mail from AoC awards team with further instructions.

to apply for Student Green commitment award



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AQA Project Excellence Award

AoC Member Colleges are also eligible to apply for the Project Excellence award sponsored by AQA.

Please read, download, and sign a copy of the Student of the Year Terms and Conditions and return with your application form (below).

For further details please use links below

Closing date for entries: 16 September 2024