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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Computer Basics

Entry Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Understand basic computer parts and key input devices.

  • 1.1. - State the importance of computers in today’s world.
  • 1.2. - Identify the main parts of a computer.
  • 1.3. - Identify the steps for starting and shutting down a computer.
  • 1.4. - Identify the different groups of keys on a keyboard.
  • 1.5. - Perform different tasks by using a mouse.

Know common computer terminology.

  • 2.1. - Identify the primary hardware components of a computer.
  • 2.2. - State what is meant by:
    a) an operating system
    b) programs
    c) data.
  • 2.3. - Give examples of different types of networks.
  • 2.4. - State what is meant by the terms internet and intranet.

Understand computer performance and features.

  • 3.1. - State the features of different types of computers.
  • 3.2. - Outline the role of memory.
  • 3.3. - Outline the basics of computer performance.
  • 3.4. - Outline different types of communication program.
  • 3.5. - Outline the use of educational and entertainment programs.

Understand computer operating systems.

  • 4.1. - Identify the common functions of an operating system.
  • 4.2. - Identify the main components of the interface.
  • 4.3. - Work with an interface within programs.
  • 4.4. - Manage files and folders.

Know about career opportunities for those who are IT literate.

  • 5.1. - Identify career opportunities available for a computer-literate person.
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