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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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19+ Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced learner loans are available for individuals aged 19 or above to undertake approved qualifications at levels 3 to level 6, at an approved provider in England.

Eligibility and availability

Advanced Learner Loans give individuals access to financial support for tuition costs similar to that available in higher education and are administered by Student Finance England.

In addition to individuals studying level 3 to level 6 qualification in England, Advanced Learner Loans can be used to fund Access to HE courses. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it. The higher education course must be eligible for student finance.  View the full list of Access to HE course offered by One Awards (part of NOCN Group).

The availability of loans at level 3 for 19 to 23-year-olds does not replace an individual’s legal entitlement for full funding for a first full level 3 qualification.  If you want to apply for a loan or find out what it means for you.

How are the loans paid?

Advanced learner loans are paid directly to the college or training organisation on behalf of an individual.

They are not means-tested or subject to credit checks and any individual who meets the criteria will be able to apply for a loan regardless of their current employment status.

How is an Advanced Learner Loan Repaid?

You’ll have to start repaying your loan when your income is over a certain amount (the ‘threshold’ amount).

You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.

More information

The government website offers useful advice, guidance and a full breakdown of the rules for the use of Advanced Learner Loans

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