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.
The winners of each category will be announced at the AoC Conference on 19 November and a reception to further celebrate the achievements of the students and their colleges will be held in Westminster in Spring 2020.
The AoC Student of the Year 2019 award categories are as follows:
Young Student of the Year (16 to 18-years-old)
This category is open to anyone aged 16 to 18-years-old by 31 August 2019. There is no restriction on the course, type or level they are completing.
Adult Student of the Year (19+)
This category is open to anyone aged 19-years-old and over as at 31 August 2019. There is no upper age limit, course, type of level.
Apprentice of the Year
This category is open to anyone completing/completed an apprenticeship. There is no restriction on age, type or level of apprenticeship.
Higher Education Student of the Year
This new category for 2019 seeks nominations from colleges to recognise outstanding and exceptional students who have studied a higher education programme at a college. The programme will need to be at level 4 and above and lead to a prescribed or non-prescribed HE qualification. This could include Foundation Degree, HNC/D, Diploma HE, Undergraduate Degree, NVQ 4 and above, Higher Level or Degree apprenticeships or others studied on a full time or part time basis. We encourage colleges to nominate students from all age groups. This is an opportunity to help provide recognition to students and colleges for excellence in HE.