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:

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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NOCN Entry Level Award in Preparing for Further Learning or Employment (Entry 3)

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Qualification Overview

Total Qualification Time (TQT)
Minimum Age
Entry 3
Registration Start Date
Current Tariff

The purpose of these qualifications is to enable learners to identify personal learning or employment goals, address areas for personal improvement and achieve employment-based skills, including work-related units.

These Entry 3 qualifications provide learners with a ‘spiky’ profile of units -the majority of the units have to be achieved at Entry 3; the rest of the optional unit credit can be at Entry 1 or 2.
There is one mandatory unit that enables learners to explore personal learning or job goals.
There is a wide range of optional units in Personal Development; IT; Literacy; Numeracy; Animal Care; Business and Administration; Catering; Charity and Voluntary Sector; Cleaning; Construction; Creative Skills; Customer Service/Contact Centres; Hair and Beauty; Horticulture; IT; Motor Vehicle Maintenance; Retail and Sport and Leisure.

Qualification Details



  • Overview
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  • Funding