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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English and Maths Skills - Awards

NOCN have developed brand new English and Maths Awards as stepping stones to the reform Functional Skills Qualifications.

NOCN is one of ten Ofqual approved Awarding Organisations that have been through a technical evaluation process to ensure that our qualifications are of a high quality and are aligned to the correct level of demand and coverage of the subject content set out by the Department for Education. NOCN have developed brand new English and Maths Awards as stepping stones to the reform Functional Skills Qualifications.

These qualifications are vocationally based and offer the opportunity for learners to demonstrate an achievement of practical skills, understanding and knowledge in English and maths. They enable learners to build confidence and provide a foundation for further study towards Functional Skills or GCSEs. The NOCN Awards are designed to provide learners with a flexible route to developing the skills in English which will enable them to build confidence and provide a foundation for further study towards a GCSE in English, a Functional Skill in English, a move into employment or as a stepping stone to higher level study.

Stepping Stones to Functional Skills Qualifications

We offer a full suite of English and maths Skills qualifications from Entry level to Level 2. NOCN English and maths awards have been mapped to the subject content of the reformed Functional Skills Qualifications. The awards have been developed to reflect the increase in demand of the subject content. The awards are also underpinned by the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum (DfES 2001-2009) and the National Standards for Adult Literacy (QCA 2005).

The qualifications are in units in order to help learners become confident and build their ability to enable progression onto functional skills qualifications.

Delivery of the qualifications

These qualifications allow a flexible approach to the delivery, with the ability to select from a range units to make up a bespoke qualification tailored to the individual. The English and maths qualification can be delivered as a stand-alone unit or as part of a programme of study. The delivery of the programme is on demand there are no assessment windows.

Who are the qualifications for?

These qualifications are available for leaners aged 14 years and over, who intend to progress onto reformed Functional Skills, further study, work or life.

How to get the new suite of awards:

For more information on how to deliver English and maths qualifications, please contact: