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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English Language Programmes

AELS Ltd are the exclusive partners of NOCN in Italy offering NOCN ESOL International Examinations and Endorsed local programmes.

AELS NOCN English Language Programmes

AELS Ltd are the exclusive partners of NOCN in Italy offering NOCN ESOL International Assessment and Testing and Endorsed local programmes.

NOCN ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) International Ofqual regulated qualifications are designed to support learners emigrating to or working in an English-speaking country or who simply wish to learn English as a new language.

NOCN ESOL International qualifications offer an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience for students, helping to prepare them to engage with English language speaking countries.

At the highest level (NQF Level 3/CEF C2), it is suitable for learners who are preparing for entry to higher education or professional employment in the UK or elsewhere.

NOCN ESOL International qualifications are also recognised by ASEP, the Greek Supreme Council of Personnel Selection. We work with ESOL International centres across the UK and overseas, with providers in Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond. The NOCN brand is recognised and highly respected all over the world as an authentic mark of quality.

Click here to find out more information about NOCN ESOL International Qualifications

AELS NOCN Endorsed Language training programmes (Italy)

AELS offers a range of NOCN Endorsed language programmes designed to test English language capability.

• AELS Beginners Level English Language (Principiante A1)
• AELS Elementary Level English Language (Elementare A2)
• AELS Pre-Intermediate Level English Language (Pre-intermedio B1)
• AELS Intermediate Level English Language (Intermedio B2)
• AELS Upper intermediate Level English Language (Intermedio superiore C1)
• AELS Advanced Level English Language (Avanzate C2)

The endorsed programmes are used as career progression and professional development within Italy. Certificates on these endorsed programmes are jointly issued by AELS and NOCN.