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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.

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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

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Providing Reception Services

Level 2
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Know the purpose of reception services.

  • 1.1 - Explain the purpose of the receptionist role as a first point of contact between the public or client and an organisation. 
  • 1.2 - Explain the tasks undertaken by a receptionist.
  • 1.3 - Explain the purpose of presenting a positive image of self and the organisation.
  • 1.4 - Explain how to present a positive image of self and the organisation.

Know the procedures to be followed when providing reception services.

  • 2.1 - Describe the structure and lines of communication in an organisation.
  • 2.2 - Explain how the structure in an organisation affects lines of communication.
  • 2.3 - Explain the purpose of different procedures in a reception area, to include: 
    a) entry
    b) departure
    c) security
    d) confidentiality and own responsibilities.
  • 2.4 - Explain how to carry out different procedures when providing reception service, to include: 
    a) entry
    b) departure
    c) security
    d) confidentiality and own responsibilities.
  • 2.5 - Explain the purpose of health and safety procedures when providing a reception service, including own responsibilities.
  • 2.6 - Explain how to carry out health and safety procedures in a reception area.
  • 2.7 - Describe the emergency procedures and own role within them.
  • 2.8 - Describe organisational procedures for: 
    a) dealing with conflict
    b) dealing with complaints
    c) dealing with difficult visitors.
  • 2.9 - Explain ways of dealing with problems, identifying when to refer or escalate them to a colleague or line manager.
  • 2.10 - Describe why it is important to be polite when refusing entry.

Know how to achieve effective communication with visitors.

  • 3.1 - Describe the need for accurate and relevant information to be communicated to visitors.
  • 3.2 - Describe methods of receiving information from visitors.
  • 3.3 - Describe methods of giving information to visitors.
  • 3.4 - Describe the limits of own personal authority relating to providing information.
  • 3.5 - Describe the importance of providing visitors with opportunities to communicate openly.
  • 3.6 - Outline the importance of confidentiality when dealing with visitors.

Be able to achieve effective communications with visitors.

  • 4.1 - Obtain information required from visitors in accordance with organisational procedures. 
  • 4.2 - Give relevant information to visitors to meet their needs.
  • 4.3 - Communicate information in a format that is appropriate to the situation.
  • 4.4 - Confirm personal authorisation to give the information provided.
  • 4.5 - Refer to colleagues or line manager for support where there are difficulties in communicating effectively with visitors.
  • 4.6 - Identify weaknesses with own personal communication skills.

Be able to provide a reception service.

  • 5.1 - Present a positive image of self and the organisation. 
  • 5.2 - Respond to telephone calls in accordance with organisational standards.
  • 5.3 - Follow entry and exit security procedures.
  • 5.4 - Follow relevant health and safety procedures.
  • 5.5 - Deal with problems that occur, escalating to line manager or referring to colleagues where necessary.
  • 5.6 - Follow organisational procedures in the event of an accident or an emergency.
  • 5.7 - Maintain a clean and tidy reception area.

Know security procedures when handling mail or packages.

  • 6.1 - Explain the purpose of security procedures for handling mail or packages.
  • 6.2 - Give examples of security procedures for handling mail in the organisation.
  • 6.3 - Describe the types of problems that may occur with incoming and outgoing mail, including how to deal with them.

Be able to resolve, report or refer problems that may occur in handling mail or packages.

  • 7.1 - Identify where a problem may exist with incoming or outgoing mail or packages. 
  • 7.2 - Resolve, report or refer problems with incoming or outgoing mail or packages.


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