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Coronavirus update for customers

NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation, and educational and skills support training.

As you will be aware the government imposed a third national lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will find out more operational detail on the implications for each of these services through the following links:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA Regulation, QAA, and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on or 0300 999 1177.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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NOCN IT Qualifications

Ref : B20-15

Type : Amendment

Date : 10 February 2020

NOCN IT Qualifications

The Department for Education published new National Standards for Essential Digital Skills in April 2019:

These new national standards will impact on our IT qualifications with effect from August 2020:
• We intend to offer new qualifications which will map to the national standards;
• We will review and align our ITQ qualifications with the new national standards to ensure that the content is current and at the correct level.


NOCN Entry Level Award in Online Basics (ITQ) (Entry 3)

This qualification will be reviewed and offered as an Entry Level 2 qualification. It will enable progression to the new Entry Level 3 Essential Digital Skills Qualification.

IT User Skills

NOCN Level 1 Award in IT User Skills (ITQ)
NOCN Level 1 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)
NOCN Level 1 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ)
NOCN Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ITQ)

These qualifications will be reviewed. We intend to remove units with no registrations or minimal registrations, update and map the content of the remaining units to the national standards and add new units. You will receive an online survey to contribute to the review of the IT User Skills qualifications.


Digital Productivity Skills
NOCN Level 2 Award in Digital Productivity Skills
NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Digital Productivity Skills
NOCN Level 3 Award in Digital Productivity Skills
NOCN Level 3 Award in Digital Productivity Skills – Spreadsheets
NOCN Level 3 Award in Digital Productivity Skills – Word Processing

We will continue to offer the Digital Productivity Skills Qualifications. These qualifications were developed in 2019 so we do not anticipate making any revisions.

Digital Functional Skills at Entry Level and Level 1
We will apply to Ofqual to offer the new Digital Functional Skills Qualifications which are planned to be available at Entry Level and Level 1 for first teaching from Autumn 2021.