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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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Musical Ensemble Skills

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Be able to develop ensemble skills on an instrument.

  • 1.1 - Explain what is meant by ensemble skills.
  • 1.2 - Perform as part of an ensemble and match: 
    a) dynamics
    b) timbre
    c) articulation
  • 1.3 - Work with an ensemble to produce a consistent sound.
  • 1.4 - Evaluate the position of individual members within the ensemble in relation to achieving a unified sound.
  • 1.5 - Apply a conducive pattern justifying decision.

Be able to rehearse ensemble performance.

  • 2.1 - Through individual practice and ensemble rehearsals apply the technical demands of the music pieces. 
  • 2.2 - Explain the demands of putting the pieces together as an ensemble.
  • 2.3 - Evaluate the rehearsal process and suggest amendments to the schedule.
  • 2.4 - Evaluate the health and safety issues related to rigorous practice routines.

Be able to give a performance of musical ensemble skills.

  • 3.1 - Give a performance of the chosen pieces with other members of the ensemble that:
    a) is together
    b) is evenly balanced
    c) is well articulated
    d) shows refined intonation
    e) has a developed sense of pulse and movement
    f) leaves room for soloistic moments within the texture
    g) illustrates a successful interpretation of the music
    h) gives performance which communicates well with its audience.

Be able to review the performance.

  • 4.1 - Evaluate own contribution to the performance.
  • 4.2 - Evaluate the overall success of the performance.
  • 4.3 - Summarise areas of improvement for own performance.


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