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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Hospitality and Catering

NOCN qualifications and apprenticeships in hospitality and catering introduce learners to the skills and knowledge required to progress within the industry.

The hospitality and catering industry is one of the UK’s largest employment sectors. NOCN Group offers a range of regulated qualifications and Access to HE courses to help learners develop the skills to enter the diverse range of roles that the sector has to offer. We also offer End Point Assessment for a variety of Apprenticeships in the sector from Hospitality Team Member to Senior Production Chef. Find out more about the products we offer below.

Our Ofqual regulated qualifications and units are available from Entry Level 1 to Level 1. These qualifications are for anyone looking to enter the hospitality industry and cover the basic skills and knowledge required to entry a range of roles.

An Access to HE Diploma is one-year course to prepare adult learners who want to study at degree level, but do not currently have the qualifications to apply. Our Access to HE Diploma is designed for learners who want to go on to study a degree programme related to Hospitality and Catering.

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