John, who starred as Finn in the Star Wars blockbuster The Force Awakens, was nominated by the College for his commitment to his career, which saw him juggle auditions and film roles whilst studying.
The event is a celebration of the hard work and success of FE college students and alongside John this year's winners also included author Malorie Blackman, TV personality Reggie Yates, scientist John Spencer, footballer Jill Scott, business woman Charlein Wain, chef Niall McKenna and entrepreneur Jamal Edwards.
Each Gold Award winner was invited to nominate a current student at their former college to receive the AoC's Future Star award and John put forward performing arts student Michael Costello.
As he was away filming John was unable attend the event but recorded a special video message which was played to the audience.
John said: "I am so happy to receive this AoC Gold Award and to be part of the movement of actors and artists who have gone on to do great things but who value their education.
“Thanks to the AoC Charitable Trust for this award and everyone at South Thames College – you guys literally got me through the first half of my career.”