AoC Beacon Awards

The AoC Beacon Awards celebrates the best and most innovative practice among UK further education (FE) colleges. It is managed by the Association of Colleges and run through the AoC Charitable Trust - a registered charity.

Now in its 24th year, the AoC Beacon Awards showcase best practice and innovation in colleges. It is designed to promote the interdependence of colleges, businesses and professional and voluntary organisations. The awards also highlight excellence and helps share best practice across the sector. 

Details of the eight new awards can be found under about colleges/awards/Beacon Awards

Prospectus, Guide to Applicants and AoC Privacy notice available to download below.

AoC Beacon Prospectus 2018-19.pdf

Changes for 2018/19

The 2018/19 AoC Beacon Awards programme now includes several changes to this year’s application and assessment process, we are confident that more colleges will feel able to apply and be recognised for their outstanding practice.  These changes are explained in the “Guide to Applicants” which you can download from this page.

We are also delighted to be working with Tes as our awards media partner and this partnership has enabled both organisations to create a complementary set of awards. Whilst the application and assessment of the AoC Beacon Awards and Tes FE Awards will remain independent we will jointly announce our respective finalists at the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition gala dinner in Birmingham in November and announce the winners at the annual Tes FE Awards in association with the AoC Beacon Awards ceremony in London on 22 March 2019.

For more information on the 2019 Tes FE Awards please follow this link.

We are really excited about the opportunities this partnership offers for colleges to tell us about the outstanding practice and working with Tes will bring together the most prestigious awards recognising the FE sector; we do encourage you and your staff to apply.