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 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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Latest Adaptations to Assessment Guidance

Latest information and guidance for centres on current adaptations in place as part of the alternative arrangements for 2020/1

Latest Update: 29th March 2021

The majority of assessments that make up NOCN qualifications are available to centres on-demand with no set periods or windows of assessment. The majority of assessments are also internally set and internally assessed. Where this is the case, NOCN already provides centres with great flexibility in the design and delivery of their own assessments, which must be designed to meet the assessment requirements as detailed within the individual qualification specifications. NOCN recognises however that further flexibility and adaptations to assessment are required for some qualifications due to the COVID-19 disruption.

To support the continuation of training and assessment, NOCN has produced a guidance document for centres to provide information and support on making general adaptations to assessment to progress their learners. 

Please click here to download the NOCN Approach to Awarding in 2020-1 – Guidance for Centres document.

Latest Sector Statements

In addition to the general guidance, NOCN has also produced several sector statements to cover specific adaptations allowed for sectors. These statements were initially produced during the 2019/20 academic year and have been refreshed throughout the ongoing disruption.

All of the adaptations documented on each sector statement have been developed in line with other Awarding Organisations, wherever this has been possible, such as through NOCN contribution and attendance at sector meetings and the joint issuing of statements. NOCN will continue to attend sector meetings, to ensure that its position is aligned with other Awarding Organisations as far as possible and that NOCN centres have access to the latest adaptations agreed across the sector.