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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Online Assessments

Secure online assessments on-demand.

The NOCN online Functional Skills platform enables assessments to be taken online, on-demand, and at a time to suit your needs. The platform is web-based so can be used on any computer without the need to download software and is fully integrated with the NOCN Quartz system.


  • On-demand online assessments for Level 1 and Level 2 English; Reading and Writing
  • On-demand online assessment for Level 1 and Level 2 mathematics
  • A secure web-based platform which can be used anywhere without the need to download software
  • Fully integrated with our Quartz system
  • Quick turnaround for results*
  • Remote invigilation**
  • Excellent customer support
  • Support from NOCN specialist Functional Skills team

*NOCN aim to have online results issued within a ten working day turnaround timeframe. New assessment will adhere to the regulatory awarding process as stipulated in the Qualification Specification.

**Remote Invigilation subject to NOCN approval. Additional charges will apply.

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Why choose NOCN?

  • Peace of mind for the integrity of your testing
  • A secure web-based platform which can be used anywhere
  • Online familiarisation papers
  • Video guidance to walk you through the process
  • Free webinars led by subject experts to share best practice advice
  • An excellent reputation for quality assurance


If you are interested in delivering NOCN Functional Skills online assessments, please complete our short expression of interest form

Complete the expression of interest form