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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Gain Approval for Remote Invigilation

If you are not currently a registered NOCN Centre please contact our Business Development Team or visit Become an NOCN Centre for more details.

Already an NOCN Centre?

Please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your options and advise on the next steps.

Training requirements

Centre Observe Record and Review OR Centre Invigilated (1:1)
Your remote invigilator(s) will need to watch the NOCN training videos on remote invigilation and gain a minimum of 30 minutes of systems training from an NOCN in-house trainer. Please note up to two training sessions per year are included in your annual centre fee. If you plan to use remote invigilation for Functional Skills, the remote invigilator will need to familiarise themselves with the assessment platform by watching the training videos and viewing a mock assessment.

NOCN Observe Record and Review OR NOCN Invigilated (1:1)
We will provide training for the booking and invigilation platform for you to book invigilation sessions with an NOCN invigilator.

Technical Requirements

The following hardware and software are required for Remote Invigilator for NOCN assessments:

  • PC or laptop
  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Google Chrome web browser
  • Reliable broadband (2Mb for 1:1 invigilation and 7Mb for ORR)

N.B. Chromebooks, mobiles, and tablets cannot be used as the small screen size can disadvantage learners particularly when the test includes longer style questions.

Why is a camera and microphone required?

A camera and microphone are necessary for both candidate and invigilator to be able to see and talk to each other and for the Invigilator to properly invigilate the test.