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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
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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_Cskills Awards Level 1 Award in Simulated Plant Operations

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Qualification Overview

Total Qualification Time (TQT)
Award Code
Minimum Age
Level 1
Registration Start Date

The NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 1 Award in Simulated Plant Operations qualification has been developed for achievement in a simulated environment enabling the learner to demonstrate and recognise their skills, knowledge and understanding of simulated plant operations.

The learner will be assessed against a set of performance criteria through simulated exercises.

PLEASE NOTE: Details of the assessment tasks and requirements can be found in the Simulated Plant – Assessment Guidance and Forms available on My NOCN.

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 Qualification.

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

The learner will learn key knowledge in the mandatory unit:

-Preparing to Operate Simulated Plant

And develop the skills required to operate one of the following items of plant in a simulated environment: (Optional Units)

-Operating a Simulated Mobile Crane
-Operating a Simulated Articulated Dump Truck
-Operating a Simulated Agricultural Tractor
-Operating a Simulated Wheel Loading Shovel
-Operating a Simulated Telehandler
-Operating a Simulated Tower Crane
-Operating a Simulated 360 Excavator
-Operating a Simulated 180 Excavator
-Operating a Simulated Crawler Tractor/Dozer
-Operating a Simulated Crawler Crane
-Operating a Simulated Demolition Adapted 360 Excavator -Materials Processing.
-Operating a Simulated Piling and Diaphragm Wall Rig

NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 1 Award in Simulated Plant Operations

Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification: 32

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification: 32

Qualification Details


Qualification Strucutre

Min Credits : 4

Description: Learners must complete the mandatory unit in the Mandatory Group and at least one of the optional units in the Optional Group.


  • Overview
  • Details
  • Structure & Units
  • Funding