At the heart of every community should be a thriving college, supporting students, delivering skills, transforming communities, promoting social justice, working with employers, and growing the economy.
Association of Colleges is the national voice for further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges in England. We are a not-for-profit membership organisation established in 1996 by colleges, for colleges. Our members make up almost 95% of the sector - transforming 2.2 million lives each year.
Acting as the collective voice, we represent and promote the interests of colleges, and provide our members with high-quality professional support services, including training, events, and recruitment.
Great colleges transforming lives and communities and meeting employer needs through teaching and learning for student success.
Champion and support the sector by enhancing colleges’ reputation, leading policy thinking, influencing decision-makers and advising colleges.
What we do
We also provide members with professional support services, including expert advice lines for:
We also represent colleges nationally and influence Government and its agencies on policies affecting the sector and their students and staff at national and regional levels.
We have set four clear strategic aims which will be the focus of our work for colleges across England:
We will achieve this by:
The Association of Colleges (AoC) is a not-for-profit membership organisation set up in 1996 by colleges to act as their collective voice.
Association of Colleges (AoC) is a not-for-profit organisation, first established in 1996.
AoC is the national voice for colleges and exists to promote and support their interests.
As such, we aim to be the authoritative voice of colleges – based on credible analysis, research, advocacy and consultation with colleges – and the first choice destination for guidance, advice and services for members.
Our national office is in central London WC1 and we have smaller regional offices in Chorley, Stoke Sub Hamdon and Wolverhampton. We operate a hybrid work approach and many job roles are mobile enabling travel to visit our members throughout England, as needed.