Student of the Year Awards

The student of the year awards highlight the exceptional achievement of students and the support they have received from their college and staff.

This is an opportunity to highlight the outstanding – someone who has achieved, whether in competitions or overcoming adversity; the contribution that someone has made to the college and/or the wider community; and the inspirational nature of these accomplishments.

We will announce the winners of each category at the AoC Conference in November in Birmingham and there will also be an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of students and their colleges through a reception in Westminster in spring of 2019.

The 2018/19 student of the year awards applications are open from Monday 10 September to Wednesday 10 October 2018 (midnight).

Young Student of the Year (16 to 18-years-old)

This category is open to anyone aged 16 to 18-years-old as at 31 August 2018. There is no restriction on the course type or level they are completing.

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Adult Student of the Year (19+)

This category is open to anyone aged 19-years-old and over as at 31 August 2018. There is no upper age limit, course type of level.

Apprentice of the year 

This category is open to anyone completing/completed an apprenticeship in 2018. There is no restriction on age, type or level of apprenticeship.

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Application form

Please submit your application using the online form below. Applications are open to all AoC member colleges. A college may submit an application for one student per category.


If you have any questions, please contact the Rachel Costello in the awards team,