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 Skills Qualifications

The NOCN Digital Skills Qualifications at Level 1 and Level 2 offer learners the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in using the tools, applications and functionality of digital devices.

Entry Level Award in Digital Basics (Entry 2)

Ideal for learners with no experience of using digital technology. This qualification has a single unit designed to cover fundamental activities, including:

  • Turn on a device (including entering and updating any account information safely, such as a password)
  • Use the available controls on a device (such as a mouse and keyboard for a computer, or touchscreen on a smartphone or tablet)
  • Make use of accessibility tools (including assistive technology) to make devices easier to use (such as changing display settings to make content easier to read)
  • Interact with the home screen on a device
  • Connect to the internet (including Wi-Fi) safely and securely;
  • Open and access applications on a device
  • Use a device to communicate

This qualification replaces the NOCN Entry Level Award in Online Basics (E3).

Level 1 and Level 2 Digital Skills qualifications

The Digital Skills qualifications at L1/L2 will allow learners and centres to tailor the learning experience. Each qualification has optional units which can be combined to form a specific learning programme.

These qualifications replace the existing suite of IT User Skills qualifications at Level 1 & Level 2.


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

Call: 0300 999 1177