Beacon Awards 2020/21 commended colleges announced

12 Nov 2020

We are excited to announce the Beacon commended colleges for the 2020/21 Beacon Awards. This year’s AoC Beacon Awards programme again provides assessors the opportunity to recommend those applications that should be commended for their practice in each of the award categories, having demonstrated a high level of innovation, impact and sustainability.


Congratulations to the colleges that have met the AoC Beacon Standard 2020/21. 

British Council International Award

  • City College Plymouth 
  • DN Colleges Group
  • Lincoln College
  • Petroc 

City and Guild Award for College Engagement with Employers

  • TEC Partnership 
  • Chichester College Group 
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Stockton Riverside College (The Education Training Collective)
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria 
  • The Sheffield College 
  • Hugh Baird College
  • Petroc College
  • Burnley College
  • Bridgwater & Taunton College

Copyright Licensing Agency Award for Excellence in Supporting Creativity

  • East Surrey College (Orbital South Colleges)

Edge Award for Excellence in Real World Learning

  • Strode College 
  • Barnsley College
  • The Manchester College (LTE Group)
  • Lancaster & Morecambe College

Inclusive Learning Leadership Award supported by The National Centre for Diversity

  • Cardiff and Vale College
  • Weston College
  • BSix Sixth Form College

Jisc Award for Effective use of Digital Technology in Further Education

  • Derwen College
  • Cardiff and Vale College
  • Petroc 
  • TEC Partnership
  • Activate Learning
  • Weston College
  • Herefordshire, Ludlow & North Shropshire College

NOCN Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Riverside College
  • Callywith College in association with Truro and Penwith College
  • Abingdon & Witney College
  • New City College
  • Bridgend College
  • Hopwood Hall College & Bolton College

Pears #iWill Award for Social Action and Community Engagement 

  • East Durham College
  • Shipley College

RCU Award for Support for Students

  • Portland College
  • The Manchester College (LTE Group)
  • Plumpton College 
  • Chichester College Group
  • Abingdon & Witney College
  • Bishop Burton College 
  • North Hertfordshire College

Carers and Enterprise Company Award for Innovation in Careers and Enterprise

  • Eastleigh College 
  • The Sheffield College
  • Barnsley College 
  • Callywith College in association with Truro and Penwith College
  • Kingston Maurward College 
  • Cheshire College South & West
  • West Suffolk College
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • Hartpury College