Coronavirus update for customers

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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:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

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.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

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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Personal Study Skills

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Know how to locate, retrieve and store information.

  • 1.1 - Locate resource materials for a research topic using standard classification systems. 
  • 1.2 - Create written notes from written and oral sources.
  • 1.3 - Evaluate main styles of note-taking in terms of source and preferred style.
  • 1.4 - Retrieve information from:
    a) browsers
    b) public search engines.
  • 1.5 - Set up electronic filing systems to enable: 
    a) location
    b) retrieval
    c) transfer of information retaining drafts and sources of information.

 Be able to summarise written materials.

  • 2.1 - Evaluate information from a range of source materials using recognised techniques:
    a) skimming
    b) scanning
  • 2.2 - Summarise main points on a complex subject from written materials.

Be able to produce written materials for specific purposes.

  • 3.1 - Explain complex ideas in an understandable manner, avoiding plagiarism.
  • 3.2 - Produce written work using:
    a) grammatical structures
    b) accurate spelling
    c) standard punctuation.
  • 3.3 - Produce an essay which:
    a) is well-structured
    b) shows a response to a given title which is logical and includes evidence.
  • 3.4 - Produce detailed bibliographies using a recognised system of classification.

Know how to use IT applications for study.

  • 4.1 - Use IT functions to:
    a) edit
    b) organise
    c) integrate complex information from different sources using backup routines.
  • 4.2 - Use IT applications to present complex information in different formats.
  • 4.3 - Use e-mail to communicate with others.

Be able to engage in discussion.

  • 5.1 - Explain complex information in different situations. 
  • 5.2 - Differentiate their contribution to take account of different: 
    a) audiences
    b) subjects
    c) situations.
  • 5.3 - Apply listening skills to take forward the discussion for others to contribute to: 
    a) create opportunities
    b) ask follow-up questions
    c) interpret others view-points.


Qualifications offering this unit

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