Coronavirus update for customers

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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:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

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.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

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 develops NHS health screener qualification

NOCN has been working with Skills for Health, Public Health England and Health Education England to develop a new qualification for NHS Health Screeners - the NOCN Level 3 Diploma for Health Screeners (click here for qualification details).

The development of this qualification was led by Skills for Health which worked with NOCN, alongside other AOs. You can read the excellent case study here, which summarises the background to the initiative as follows:


"In 2015, Public Health England (PHE) led a review of the education and training of NHS Health Screeners in England. This review considered the existing varied approaches to the education and training requirements for three areas of current NHS health screening programmes: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Diabetic Eye and Newborn Hearing.

The objective was to develop a sustainable, standardised qualification based on nationally agreed standards but which could be delivered locally. The outcome needed to be suitable for new staff embarking on their career and as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for existing staff. The aspiration was that the qualification would consist of mandatory units applicable across the three types of screener roles and a range of additional units specific to each discipline."


As for all other NOCN qualifications, this is a high quality regulated award, accredited by Ofqual, which recognises prior learning and is designed to meet the specific needs of employers and learners, which in this case is NHS staff working on NHS screening programmes and who require the essential knowledge and skills for their role. The qualification was designed to be achieved in the workplace, resulting in a nationally recognised qualification that also supports career progression and personal development.

It is intended that local NHS screening services will register learners (new health screeners) with a registered approved NOCN Centre, which might be for example the local NHS Trust or teaching hospital. The first Centre to be registered as an NOCN Centre to deliver this qualification is the Heart of England NHS Trust, Birmingham.

For further information, see the Skills for Health Website.