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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 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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Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Understand the impact that civil engineering projects can have on the natural environment.

  • 1.1. - Describe features of the natural environment that must be considered at the planning stage of a civil engineering project.
  • 1.2. -
    Explain different forms of global pollution arising from civil engineering projects.

  • 1.3. -
    Explain how different forms of local pollution arising from civil engineering projects may harm the local environment.

  • 1.4. -
    Explain key methods used to protect the natural environment from the impact of civil engineering projects.


Understand how procurement can support sustainability.

  • 2.1. -
    Explain how procurement procedures can help support sustainability.

  • 2.2. -
    Describe actions that can be taken to ensure that the procurement of resources on a civil engineering project support sustainability.


Understand how community engagement can support sustainability.

  • 3.1. -
    Describe ways in which a civil engineering project can support local communities.

  • 3.2. - Explain the benefits of local community engagement to organisation.

Understand how sustainability can benefit organisational performance.

  • 4.1. - Describe sustainable activities that can benefit an organisation's financial performance.
  • 4.2. - Explain the impact that sustainable practices can have on an organisation's financial performance.
  • 4.3. -
    Explain the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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