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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Digital Productivity Skills

Our end-to-end Digital Productivity Skills qualifications are designed to provide individuals with key digital skills they need to improve productivity in the workplace using common software such as Microsoft Word or Excel.


Full online learning solution: We have developed a unique full online solution for these qualifications as the primary route for learning, which includes lessons, resources and practice tests through the Moodle online platform.

Classroom and blended learning: Available for college and training providers to design a classroom delivery or blended learning. Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are specified to support this route.

Nationwide test centres: The final qualifications are assessed by independent examination at test centres located nationwide.

Digital Skills Process




  • Learners benefit by receiving recognised qualifications and Microsoft Certification badges 
  • Employers gain digitally productive employees with MS Office and key digital skills 
  • Local economies grow their digital skilled workforce 
  • Improves skills levels and can generate social mobility for the workforce 
  • Enables SMEs to grow and increase competitive advantages 
  • Supports capital investment priorities in the local economy 
  • Supports learners into new employment


Alternatively, contact our Business Development Team to find out more.