AoC Gold Awards

AoC Gold Award winners 2016
AoC Gold Award winners 2016 (L-R): Jill Scott, Charleine Wain, Niall McKenna, Malorie Blackman, John Spencer, Jamal Edwards & Reggie Yates

Nominate your successful alumni

The AoC Gold Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of successful and influential people who have attended further education and sixth form colleges. The awards have been running annually since 2000 but the first AoC Gold Awards were presented in 1996. The aim is to highlight the breadth and depth of talent among further education alumni and to celebrate the impact that colleges have had on the lives of their students.

In the past, winners have included scientists, economists and leading figures from the world of business, actors, comedians, sports personalities, politicians and chefs.

Online Nomination Form

This year we've simplified the application process and created an online Nomination Form you can fill in on the website. Alternatively you can download and complete the form and return by email or post.

Gold Awards 2017 - Nomination Form (DOC,97 KB)

Nominations for 2017 closed on Tuesday 20 December 2016

AoC Gold Award 2016 winners

Read the stories of the Gold Award 2016 winners who included among them actor and star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, award-winning author and former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman OBE and TV broadcaster, radio DJ, presenter and actor Reggie Yates.

Download a full list of all previous winners:

AoC Gold Award winners as at June 2016 (DOC,103.5 KB)

AoC Future Stars

Colleges who have nominated a winner are also invited to select their own ‘Future Star’. These are current students showing outstanding potential who may be studying the same course as the winning individual, and have similar career aspirations. Future Stars will be invited to apply for a grant of £1,000 to participate in an activity which would help further their career ambitions, enhance their employability and provide them with a life enriching experience.

Learn more about the Future Star programme by visiting our AoC Future Stars page.

Design the award

We are again inviting college students to design this year's AoC Gold Award trophy. Not only does this represent a fantastic opportunity for a student to have their work on show at a nationally covered event at the House of Commons, they will also receive a commison of £100 per trophy delivered.

View this year's full design brief

More info

For more information about the AoC Gold Awards please download this year's brochure (PDF,551.17 KB) or contact the AoC Charitable Trust team.