How to Apply

The AoC Beacon Awards, launched in 1994, capture and celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. They are designed to "promote the interdependence of further education colleges, business, professional and voluntary organisations to their mutual advantage, through highlighting excellence and sharing best practice".

The 2016-17 winners AoC Beacon Award winning colleges were announced by Jon Culshaw on 16 November 2016 at AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition. A list of all winning and shortlisted colleges is on our website.

All assessors provide detailed feedback on each application which we are happy to share with you via telephone, with the aim of helping colleges to improve the prospect of their submission being shortlisted.


We have made available the 2016-17  How to Apply (PDF,67.66 KB) guidelines to provide an overview of the requirements of the application process. These guidelines are reviewed annually, and may be subject to change for the 2017-18 Beacon Awards.

Also available, for reference, is the podcast run by the Chief Assessor providing advice and guidance on how to apply for the awards.

The 2017-18 Application Form is available to download and applications are welcomed for awards prior to the deadline of 5 July 2017.

2017-18 Application Form (DOC,186.5 KB)


AoC Beacon Awards 2017-18

We are currently reviewing the award categories and criteria with existing and new sponsors and will update the website as awards are confirmed.  Keep up-to-date with all Beacon Award developments via our member briefings and via the Charitable Trust’s Twitter account: @AoCTrust.