Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

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.

You will find out more operational detail on the implications of COVID19 for each of these services, including advice for students and centres preparing for external assessments, through the following links:

Please note that NOCN will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA, 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 (Option 1).

Working to support our valued customers

You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.
The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing. With colleges and schools now closed and the country in effect ‘locked down’, other than essential services, we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

Centre Support

All our staff are working from home, so we are still offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.
Certificates for regulated qualifications and cards are being issued to centres in the normal way.
We aim to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and we can use remote or recorded assessment methods, whilst maintaining the integrity of the assessment.
All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments have been suspended until training centres reopen and normal business resumes.
We are providing digital on-line support, including offering WebEx interviews, developing online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and digital content support.


Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you on nocn@nocn.org.uk or 0300 999 1177 (Option 1).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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Functional Skills

NOCN Functional Skills qualifications drive the development of practical skills in - English, maths and ICT and help learners get the most out of work, education and day-to-day life.

STATEMENT - NEW FUNCTIONAL SKILLS QUALIFICATIONS>>

Functional Skills Covid-19 support for centres

VIEW UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR CALCULATED RESULTS >>

Following the publication of the Ministerial Directive on 9 April 2020, NOCN is working with Ofqual to develop alternative arrangements for the awarding of Functional Skills Qualifications to enable learner progression in life and work within the current government guidance. For additional information please see government news awarding vocational and technical qualifications this summer.

Government guidelines set out in a Letter from Secretary of State for Education - VTQs that ‘assessments cannot proceed as planned this Spring and Summer’, and states the measures to be taken to reduce the impact of the pandemic. NOCN is implementing these measures and confirm that learners due to complete their Functional Skills assessments between March and July 2020, will not be expected to take their assessments. Instead NOCN will issue a calculated result.

This calculated result will be based on a range of evidence and data capture. NOCN will contact centres shortly to inform them about evidence requirements for impacted learners.

The above information applies to both legacy Functional Skills and reform Functional Skills Qualifications.

Remote Speaking, listening and communication/communicating

Centres who wish to carry out remote Speaking, Listening and Communication/Communicating qualifications, will be able to do so remotely as a temporary measure. NOCN are allowing remote assessment of Speaking, Listening and Communication/Communicating to take place with immediate effect.

Please see NOCNs Functional Skills Guidance on remote assessment of SLC for Centres and assessors.

Functional Skills Reform Update May 2020

Ofqual have confirmed that legacy Functional Skills qualifications certification date has been extended to 31 December 2020. This will give learners an opportunity to complete their qualification.

For more information see our Functional Skills Reform Update May 2020

NOCN Functional Skills

NOCN Functional Skills maths, English and ICT qualifications have been designed to assist learners of all ages and levels to be able to confidently demonstrate the practical skills needed in real-life situations.

Our qualifications are high quality, recognised and respected by schools, colleges, training providers and employers. They can also form part of an Apprenticeship.

Our new Functional Skills maths, English and ICT qualifications are available at all 5 levels from Entry Level 1 to Level 2.

Qualifications

English:

Maths:

ICT:


NOCN Functional Skills Key Information

Our Functional Skills Key Information is available for recognised centres to provide information regarding reasonable adjustments, transfer of credits and feedback requests.

Our Functional Skills resources for English, maths and ICT are available via My NOCN for guidance and assessment preparation.

Become a centre

If your organisation wants to use these qualifications, it will need to become an NOCN centre  or please call 0300 999 1177 for further information. 

Essential skills

If you're interested in Essential Skills in Northern Ireland please visit 
OCNNI.

 

Downloads


Key Information about Functional Skills & Useful Forms

Helpful downloads for centres including: Reasonable Adjustment Application form, Transfer of Credit form and Feedback Report Request form

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Sample Assessments - ICT

Access Entry 1 – Level 2 ICT Sample Assessments, Mark Schemes and Data files here

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Contextualised Papers

Functional Skills Level 1 and 2 Contextualised Papers and Mark Schemes

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Functional Skills Reform Update December 2018

Welcome to NOCN update on the reform of Functional Skills English and mathematics; which continues on from the communication posted in September 2018.

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Functional Skills Reform Update February 2019

Welcome to NOCN update on the reform of Functional Skills English and mathematics; which continues on from the communication posted in December 2018.

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Functional Skills Update August 2019

Welcome to NOCN update on the reform of Functional Skills English and mathematics; which continues on from the communication posted in December 2018.

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Functional Skills Update - June 2019

Welcome to NOCN update on the reform of Functional Skills English and mathematics; which continues on from the communication posted in December 2018.

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Functional Skills Update - February 2020

Welcome to NOCN update on the reform of Functional Skills English and mathematics; which continues on from the communication posted in December 2018.

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Functional Skills Reform Update April 2020

Welcome to NOCN update on the reform of Functional Skills English and mathematics; which continues on from the communication posted in December 2018.

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