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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

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 Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering - Amendment

Ref : B20-73

Type : Amendment

Date : 1 October 2020

NOCN Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering - 601/1157/4

As a member of the Food Safety Awarding Organisation Forum, NOCN has agreed to amend our Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering qualification to increase comparability with other similar qualifications.

The amendments are:

1. Minor changes to the content of the unit. The changes are shown as Tracked Changes in the Qualification Specification on the website.

2. Changes to the multiple-choice test:

• the length of the test will be increased from 25 questions to 30    questions;

• the pass mark will be raised from 68% to 70%;

• the requirement to answer at least one question correctly in each learning outcome will be removed;

• the time allowed to complete the test will be reduced from 60 minutes to 45 minutes.

We recognise that the number of questions in the test will be increased and the time allowed to complete the test will be reduced. This decision is based on an analysis of the time taken to complete the current test by learners which shows that 45 minutes is sufficient time to answer 30 questions. We anticipate that centres will benefit from an extra 15 minutes of teaching time.

These changes will take effect from Monday, 19 October 2020.

Qualifications Related to this Bulletin
Title Sector Level Reference
NOCN Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering Hospitality and Catering Level 2 601/1157/4