A leading UK Awarding Organisation

NOCN is a leading awarding and assessment organisation that has been creating opportunities for students and learners for 28 years. We’re trusted and recognised by colleges, educational organisations, training providers and employers.

NOCN has offices in the UK, Indiaand other international markets with around 2,000 centres in the UK offering our qualifications.

Our products range from Entry Level, right the way through to Level 5, and include apprenticeshipsFunctional Skills and over 400 funded qualifications.

Set up in 1987, with the support of NIACE, NOCN developed the regionally based small number of Open College Federations and access organisations into a single Open College Network (OCN) with a new and consistent structure to the qualifications.

We create and develop quality, flexible qualifications for organisations that offer education and training to their students, members or staff.

Recognised by the Qualifications Regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we also have partnerships in Scandinavia, offices and centres in India. We’re extending our international offers further to include Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine as well as developing opportunities in the Middle East, Mauritius and South Africa. 

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and have achieved the Investors in Diversity standard.

NOCN is the organisation preserving the heritage of the Open College Network (OCN).

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