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Coronavirus update for customers

Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

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.

You will find out more operational detail on the implications of COVID19 for each of these services, including advice for students and centres preparing for external assessments, through the following links:

Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA, 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 (Option 2).

Working to support our valued customers

You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.
The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing but we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

Centre Support

All our staff are working from home, so we are still offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.
Certificates for regulated qualifications and cards are being issued to centres in the normal way.
We aim to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and we can use remote or recorded assessment methods, whilst maintaining the integrity of the assessment.
All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments have been suspended until training centres reopen and normal business resumes.
We are providing digital on-line support, including offering WebEx interviews, developing online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and digital content support.

Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you on or 0300 999 1177 (Option 2).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Sub-structure Work Occupations (Construction) - Underpinning Operations (Excavated Underpinning)

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Qualification Overview

Total Qualification Time (TQT)
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Level 2
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The NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Sub-structure Work Occupations (Construction) qualification has nine specialisms/pathways of which -Underpinning Operations (Excavated Underpinning) is one of them.

The NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Sub-structure Work Occupations (Construction) -Underpinning Operations (Excavated Underpinning) has been developed for achievement in a real workplace environment which means the learner must be employed to undertake this pathway.

This pathway enables the learner, to recognise their skills, knowledge and understanding as well as demonstrating their competence in the workplace when carrying out the role of a specialist in underpinning (Excavated Underpinning) within the construction industry. The learner will be assessed against a set of performance and knowledge statements which have been derived from National Occupational Standards for your occupational area (Recommended Qualification Structure for Sub-structure Work Occupations (Construction) Level 2).

The learner will be assessed by an occupationally competent and qualified assessor whose job is to work with the learner and help the learner complete the pathway.

This qualification/pathway supports the learner to attain enabling, fundamental and transferable practical skills with associated underpinning knowledge.

NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Sub-structure Work Occupations (Construction) -Underpinning Operations (Excavated Underpinning)

Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification: 810

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification: 271

Qualification Details


Qualification Structure

Min Credits : 81

Description: To achieve this qualification a minimum of 81 credits (9 units) need to be attained. This comprises 23 credits (4 units) from the Mandatory Group, plus a minimum of 14 credits (1 unit) from Optional Group A and a minimum of 44 credits from at least 4 units in Optional Group B.


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