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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Supported Learners Celebrate Success in Birmingham

South and City College Birmingham Students on the Supported Learning Course attended their graduation event on 26 May. The event was provided to celebrate the students' achievements and to give them the opportunity to celebrate their success together with friends and families.

The College, which is an NOCN Centre, provides a wide range of externally accredited programmes for young people and adult learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, to introduce students to a variety of vocational subjects and develop both daily living and employability skills. Its Supported Learning Courses include: Towards Independence, Preparation for Employment and Supported Life skills. Click on the download below to see their course flyer for further information.


NOCN caught up with Caroline Gray, Assistant Faculty Head, after the graduation celebration:

NOCN: How did the celebration go?

Caroline: It was a great event and the students have only just stopped dancing! They and their families were clearly proud of their achievements!

NOCN: What barriers have these learners overcome to achieve their goals?

Caroline: Students may be living with one or more disability, such as a learning difficulty, physical or sensory impairment, mental health, autism, ADHD, disengagement, low confidence or past bad experiences.

NOCN: Why is what you teach important?

Caroline: Our programmes are designed to help prepare people for adulthood – which means helping them to acquire the necessary skills, strategies and aspirations. We work together to overcome barriers and to set individual personal goals and the Foundation qualifications we teach have the range of vocational and personal, social and development units which can match these individual goals.

NOCN: What does it enable the learners to do that they couldn't do before?

Caroline: Achieving these units and qualifications builds skills and confidence. Ofsted have praised how our programmes help students with high needs to develop independence and skills for their future. Some students progress on to vocational specialisms, some progress to further academic study and some move on to more independence and participation at home and in their local community.


If you are inspired and want to know more, see the College website for further details.