Coronavirus update/alternative arrangements for 2020/21

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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:

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 nocn@nocn.org.uk or 0300 999 1177.

Update 29th March 2021

On 24th March, Ofqual published the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) which allows NOCN to provide centres with awarding arrangements for learners who have had their training and assessment disrupted in 2021. To view more information on the arrangements in place by NOCN, please click here.

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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New Approval - OCN NI qualifications

Ref : B21-46

Type : New Approval

Date : 11 June 2021

The following qualifications have now been approved for delivery.

Sector 14.1 Foundations for Learning and Life

603/2982/8 - OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Healthy Living
603/2983/X - OCN NI Level 2 Diploma in Healthy Living

601/3334/X - OCN NI Level 1 Award in Diversity and Good Relations
601/3335/1 - OCN NI Level 2 Award in Diversity and Good Relations

601/6457/8 - OCN NI Level 2 Award in Volunteering Skills

601/5333/7 - OCN NI Level 1 Award in Personal Success and Well-Being
601/5334/9 - OCN NI Level 1 Certificate in Personal Success and Well-Being

Sector 14.2 Preparation for Work

603/0238/0 - OCN NI Level 1 Award in Skills for the Workplace
603/0239/2 - OCN NI Level 2 Award in Skills for the Workplace

Sector 13.2 Direct Learning Support

603/0240/9 - OCN NI Level 2 Award in Youth Leadership


 All the above qualifications are suitable for learners from age 14.

Qualifications Related to this Bulletin
Title Sector Level Reference
OCN NI Level 2 Award in Youth Leadership Direct Learning Support Level 2 603/0240/9
OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Healthy Living Foundations for Learning and Life Level 2 603/2982/8
OCN NI Level 2 Diploma in Healthy Living Foundations for Learning and Life 603/2983/X
OCN NI Level 1 Award in Diversity and Good Relations Foundations for Learning and Life Level 1 601/3334/X
OCN NI Level 2 Award in Diversity and Good Relations Foundations for Learning and Life Level 2 601/3335/1
OCN NI Level 2 Award in Volunteering Skills Foundations for Learning and Life Level 2 601/6457/8
OCN NI Level 1 Award in Personal Success and Well-Being Foundations for Learning and Life Level 1 601/5333/7
OCN NI Level 1 Certificate in Personal Success and Well-Being Foundations for Learning and Life Level 1 601/5334/9
OCN NI Level 1 Award in Skills for the Workplace Preparation for Work Level 1 603/0238/0
OCN NI Level 2 Award in Skills for the Workplace Preparation for Work Level 2 603/0239/2