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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NOCN International - Global Centres

NOCN has a growing number of Approved Centres who operate in and across multiple countries or territories.

Approved Centres operate using digital platforms to promote, deliver and assess a range of NOCN Group regulated qualifications and accredited programmes. These centres operate to the same standards and procedures as all NOCN Approved Centres, but they use technology to reach out to new learners and territories.

Nisai Group 

Nisai Group have been approved by NOCN over recent years to deliver academic and technical qualifications to school age children and adults alike. Nisai have been inspected 3 times, in the UK, by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. This provides a level of confidence with our clients and partners in the UK and Internationally. Since its inception in 1996, Nisai have been supporting learners though personalised online learning delivered in a blended or standalone way.

Nisai has an expanding network of partners and representatives across the MENA and ASIAPAC regions. This focus is on improving standards in numeracy and literacy and supporting in filling the skills gap across multiple sectors. With the support of NOCN Nisai are delivering internationally programmes covering training, assessing, verifying and numeracy and literacy to learners of school age through to adulthood

Nisai currently has plans for representation in; Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Vietnam, UAE.

Nisa’s online approach to delivery provides an offer that is affordable and accessible with learners accessing from school, the workplace or home. This allows learners to develop skills and knowledge at a time where competency-based learning is becoming key to individuals meeting the requirements of IR4. Digital literacy and employability are key aspects to supporting learners in their chosen pathway of further / higher education or the workplace through apprenticeships or employment.

Veiw their website here.

The University of Applied Research & Development

The University of Applied Research & Development (UARD) provides professional career opportunities across multiple regions including the USA, ASEAN, New Zealand, Nepal, India, Malaysia, UK, UAE, Middle East and Russia.

UARD is led by Dr Craig Hansen and provides the following qualifications directly and through partners such as the WGG Academy, City Life Centre, TC Institute, Horizon, CIRCLES Indonesia and Threedi (3Di) Institute:

• Diploma, Bachelor & Masters in Emergency Response & Risk Management (7 majors)
• Masters in Business Administration (MBA with 5 majors)
• Diploma, Bachelor & Masters in Design (including animation, VR/AR and VFX)
• Diploma & Masters in Education
• Post-Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Child Protection
• Bachelor & Masters in Science (including occupational health leadership, IT & educational technology)
• Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor & Masters in Community Leadership & Ministry.

UARD is based in New Zealand, Accredited in the United Kingdom and partners with global leaders in professional & industry development to create & deliver qualifications both face-to-face and online; UARD is accredited by both NOCN & One Awards. UARD has an extensive faculty with the highest qualifications in their field and broad networks, enabling cutting-edge and highly relevant education.

View their website here.

Learn Direct International

Learndirect is a force for positive change using technology to future-proof education and training with both full and blended online learning solutions to transform people’s lives and help businesses develop their staff. 

Launched in 2000 through the UK government’s University for Industry (Ufi), Learndirect was given the task to use new technology to transform the delivery of learning and skills across the UK and has flourished in this field.

Learndirect improves workplace productivity and contributes to greater social mobility and prosperity. Learndirect has built a unique and market-leading position; using technology to provide innovative learning solutions.

Learndirect is now a global provider of e-learning qualifications and courses in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Latin America and the Middle east.

NOCN accredit and certificate the Level 4 International Certificate in Digital Skills for Teaching Online. This e-learning qualification has been developed by Learn Direct to support the continuing professional development (CPD) of educators across the world.

View their website here.