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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What is Bespoke Accreditation?

One Awards Bespoke Accreditation is aimed at providing additionality to your training programmes or, to provide accredited solutions if you can't find a regulated qualification that specifically meets the needs of your learners, customers or employers

Examples of where Bespoke Accreditation is used:

  • Supporting Local Initiatives and flexibilities such as the current Kickstart Scheme
  • Employer led staff training and CPD
  • Community and Family Learning
  • Additionality to Study Programmes, Traineeships and Supported Internships

For example, we are working with our centres to develop bespoke solutions to meet the requirements for 20% ‘off-the-job activities for Apprentices.

One Awards offers you the opportunity to accredit the tailor-made courses which you have developed to meet the specific needs of your customers and/or learners. This provides you with a truly bespoke, accredited course.

These are credit-based units of assessment which we develop with you and approve for your use. We work with you to write appropriate Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria1 or Performance Criteria2 (the unit), based on the content of your course.

Each unit is benchmarked to a level (Entry to Level 4 in England and Level 1 to Level 7 in Scotland) and assigned a One Awards credit value 1 or credit point 2 – this is the time taken by learners, on average, to meet the requirements of the learning outcomes of the unit.

One Awards’ Accredited units are written and quality assured to be comparable with the national standards for credit-based units of assessment.

One Awards Bespoke Accreditation Information Leaflet

Benefits of One Awards Accredited Units:

  • they are tailor-made to your requirements.
  • they meet national standards for credit-based units of assessment.
  • they are approved and quality assured by One Awards.
  • your learners receive a certificate for their achievements.
  1. This is a term used on English units.
  2. This is a term used on Scottish units.
  3. One Awards Accredited units will not be included on any regulatory framework and development is at the discretion of One Awards.

Understanding Credits and Levels in England

Understanding Credit Points and SCQF Levels in Scotland

Guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland