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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Essential Digital Skills

NOCNs Essential Digital Skills Qualifications will be available for starts from September 2021.

The NOCN Essential Digital Skills Qualifications at Entry Level 3 and Level 1 are based on the Department for Education’s National standards for essential digital skills. The standards set out the digital skills needed for life and work across five skills areas:

  • Using devices and handling information
  • Creating and editing
  • Communicating
  • Transacting
  • Being safe and responsible online

Each of the skills areas is comprised of skills statements which represent distinct, independent skills.

The NOCN qualifications cover the full range of skills statements to give learners the sort of comprehensive learning experience which will enable them to participate in a digital society. Assessment is holistic and covers all skills areas. The assessments are online assessments, set by NOCN and made available to learners on NOCN’s e-assessment platform.

The qualifications are included in the national entitlement for digital skills and they are fully funded for eligible learners.

In the coming weeks and months NOCN will be announcing a range of events to get centres prepared for the delivery of EDSQs.

Download a list of some of our most commonly asked questions.

If you are interested in offering these qualifications please register your interest and we’ll be in touch with further details.