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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 or 0300 999 1177 (Option 5).

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 or 0300 999 1177 (Option 5).

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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Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge to be deemed trained to interpret information, determine quantities and communicate with others in relation to:
-interpreting information including drawings and plans
-estimating quantities and price work for contracting
-organise the building process and communicate the design to work colleagues and others ensuring efficient working practices

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Know how to produce different types of drawings and information in the construction industry.
  • 1.1. - Explain the advantages and disadvantages of electronic drawing methods to traditional drawing methods.
  • 1.2. - Explain the range of details required for floor plans in construction drawings.

    - sections, datum levels, wall constructions, material codes, depth dimensions, heights, schedules, specification.

  • 1.3. - Detail information required for elevation in construction drawings.

    - sections, datum levels, wall constructions, material codes, depth dimensions, heights, schedules, specification.

  • 1.4. - Explain the information required for linking specification schedules to drawings.
  • 1.5. - Compare the reasons for different projections used in construction drawings.

    - Orthographic, Isometric.
    - sections, datum levels, wall constructions, material codes, depth dimensions, heights, schedules, specification.

  • 1.6. - Explain why hatchings and symbols are used in construction drawings.

    - sections, datum levels, wall constructions, material codes, depth dimensions, heights, schedules, specification.


Know how to estimate quantities and price work for contracts

  • 2.1. - Analyse the resource requirements for a construction task.

    - quantities.
    - resources.
    - labour.

  • 2.2. - Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing or hiring plant and equipment.
  • 2.3. - Explain the benefits of planning the sequence of materials and labour requirements.

    - use of bills of quantities, programmes of work, stock systems, lead times, schedules, pricing systems, ghant charts, bar charts.

  • 2.4. - Explain suitable methods used for calculating hours required.

    - labour costs.
    - duration and type of work to be carried out.
    - formulas.
    - manual methods.

  • 2.5. - Explain a range of added costs to consider when estimating work.

    - insurance contribution stage payments, value added tax (VAT), PAYE, travel expenses, profit and loss, suppliers terms and conditions, wastage, penalty clauses.

  • 2.6. - Define the elements that make up the total estimated price.

    - VAT, PAYE, plant and equipment hire, penalties and contingencies.

  • 2.7. - Explain the different factors that affect profitability.

Know how to ensure good working practices.

  • 3.1. - Explain the measures undertaken on site to maintain good working relationships.

    - site agent, clerk of works, contracts manager, manual workers, supervisors, skilled employees, professional technicians.
    - hierarchical charts.

  • 3.2. - Explain the need for maintaining the trust and confidence of colleagues.
  • 3.3. - Analyse the need for accurate communication throughout the stages of construction.

    In relation to:
    - alternations to drawings.
    - variation to contracts.
    - changes to risk assessments.
    - work restrictions.
    - changing circumstances.

Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit will be achieved in accordance with the additional guidance requirements as set out by the Awarding Organisation.

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