During the 2021-22 academic year, several adaptations were in place to support the continuation of training and assessment in response to public health restrictions. As these restrictions are no longer in place, NOCN can confirm its arrangements for awarding for the 2022-23 academic year.
All sector statements have now been withdrawn. All adaptations to assessments have also been withdrawn, other than the existing flexibilities which are listed below.
Although adaptations to assessment have been largely withdrawn, NOCN, as part of its standard offer, will continue to support various flexibilities to assessment on an ongoing basis. These flexibilities are listed below, where these are permitted by the individual qualification:
Where assessments are being conducted remotely, the Centre must ensure that all of the requirements of the assessment are met so that it is of equal rigour and quality of an in-person assessment. Assessments can be completed at a learner’s home or workplace, as long as the room they are in is conducive to assessment conditions.
Where any formal assessment is taking place, such as an observation, these must be in the presence of the Assessor, in real-time, to ensure validity and authenticity. Remote assessments must:
Although not always mandated, NOCN strongly recommends that centres video record all remote assessments. For some qualifications, this is mandatory. Where recorded, the Assessor must state:
Learners will be required to sit the required assessment as is standard practice. There will be no adaptations to the content or format of NOCN’s externally set assessments. This includes in apprentices completing End Point Assessments. Some flexibilities which are available as part of NOCN's standard offer do remain in place, as below:
In the 2021-2 academic year, NOCN relaxed its invigilation rule around requirements of invigilators for regulated qualifications (excluding EPA). Where this was in place, centres were able to use Tutors/Assessors of the learner, or a Tutor/Assessor of the same subject, to invigilate a learner’s examination, either remotely or in-person. This was to remove what could be a barrier to a learner accessing an assessment and to support the use of covid ‘bubbles. This arrangement will end on 31st August 2022 and the usual invigilation requirements will apply.
All learners completing their study during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years should now be certificated and therefore these arrangements have now been removed from our website. If you believe you have a learner who has been affected, please contact NOCN directly for further advice.