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Adaptations to Assessment Guidance up until 31st August 2021

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

Please note the guidance on this page was for learners expected to complete assessments prior to 31st August 2021. For information regarding NOCN's approach to awarding from 1st September 2021, please click here.

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.