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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Functional Skills

For education, employment and everyday life

NOCN Functional Skills maths, English, and ICT qualifications have been designed to assist learners of all ages and levels to be able to confidently demonstrate the practical skills needed in real-life situations.

Our qualifications are high quality, recognised and respected by schools, colleges, training providers, and employers. They can also form part of an Apprenticeship.

By choosing NOCN for your Functional Skills qualifications you will benefit from:

  • Quick turnaround of results
  • Free support materials including sample assessments and marking guidance available through My NOCN
  • Remote Invigilation
  • Support from in house Functional Skills team to guide you through the delivery of the new qualifications
  • Free events and webinars led by subject experts to share best practice advice
  • An excellent reputation for quality assurance, ensuring your learners are protected

Our Functional Skills qualifications are available for registration and include an assessment at all 5 levels from Entry Level 1 to Level 2. Sample assessments for all 5 levels are available on our secure website My NOCN.


Need help with Curriculum Planning?

Essential Skills - If you're interested in Essential Skills in Northern Ireland please visit OCNNI.