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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Agriculture, Horticulture and Environmental

NOCN has a variety of products to support people entering agriculture, horticulture and environmental professions.

NOCN Group offers regulated qualifications, Access to HE, SiteRight – assured short courses, and CPCS cards for the agriculture, horticulture and environmental sector. Find out more information about specific products below.

Agriculture, horticulture and environmental qualifications support learners new to the sector by providing knowledge of health and safety, the production of plants, the use of tools and the skills demanded by the industry.

An Access to Higher Education Land Based studies course is a one-year course to prepare adult learners who want to study at degree level, but do not currently have the qualifications to apply.  This course is specifically designed to give learners the foundation skills and knowledge, with a strong science focus, for studying a land-based degree.

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) part of NOCN Job Cards is the leading skills certification scheme for plant within the UK.  It provides proof that individuals have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out and CPCS cards can be used for agricultural works.  

In 2019, NOCN began to develop a range of assured short course for the UK construction industry.  However, many of these course offer skills and knowledge required by the Agriculture, Horticulture and Environmental industry, for example, Vehicle Marshalling or Working at Heigh and Using a harness. 

NOCN Group provides skills and education consultancy and research advice across multiple sectors including the agriculture, horticulture and environmental industry in the UK and internationally for employers, professional bodies and governments.