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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 the construction industry and built environment

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge of building methods and construction technology in relation to:
-Understanding activities undertaken in the construction industry and wider built environment
-Understanding different roles and responsibilities within a construction project
-Understanding physical and environmental factors when undertaking a construction project
-Understanding how construction can be beneficial to the built environment
-Understanding principles of sustainability on a construction project

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Understand the different activities undertaken with the construction industry and built environment.
  • 1.1. - Describe the range of activities undertaken by the construction industry and built environment.
    - Could include:
    - Building, finishing, architecture, town planning, surveying, civil engineering, repair and maintenance, building engineering services, facilities management, construction site management, plant maintenance and operation, demolition.
  • 1.2. - Describe the types of work undertaken within the construction industry.

    Could include:
    - Residential, commercial, industrial, retail, recreational, leisure, health, transport infrastructure, public buildings, heritage, conservation, educational, utilities and services.

  • 1.3. - Describe the different types of clients within the construction industry.

    Could include:
    - private; individuals, sole traders.
    - corporate; large companies/corporations, public and private corporations or initiatives.
    - government led; national, regional, local.


Understand the different roles and responsibilities undertaken within the construction industry and built environment.

  • 2.1. - Explain the different roles and responsibilities of the construction workforce.

    Could include:
    - client, architect, designer, estimators, planners, buyers.
    - land agents, land surveyors, building surveyors, quantity surveyors.
    - consulting engineers, plant engineers, site engineers, specialist engineers, mechanical engineers.
    - site

3 Understand the physical and environmental factors when undertaking a construction project.
  • 3.1. - Explain the difference between physical and environmental factors.

    Could include:
    - planning and development stages of the construction process, the impact on the human/man-made environment.
    - regarding the impact of a development or redevelopment on the natural environment.

  • 3.2. - Explain the environmental factors that have to be considered as part of the construction planning process.

    Could include:
    - Planning requirements.
    - building regulations.
    - development or land restrictions.
    - building design and footprint.
    - use of building / structure.
    - impact on local amenities.
    - impact on existing services/utilities.
    - impact on transport infrastructure.

    - topography of the proposed development site.
    - green field site or brown field site.

  • 3.3. - Explain the physical factors that have to be considered as part of the construction planning process.

    Could include:
    - topography of the development site.
    - existing trees and vegetation.
    - impact on existing wildlife / habitats.
    - size of land and building footprint.
    - access to the building/structure, approach roads and footpaths.
    - supply of services to the building/structure (mains water, drainage, electricity, gas, telecoms etc).

    - natural waterways, lakes, ponds, ditches.
    - land restrictions, surrounding properties, protective orders on land, scheduled buildings or monuments.
    - future development and expansion.


Understand how construction projects can benefit the built environment.

  • 4.1. - Describe the different land types available for development.

    - green field land/ sites.
    - brown field land/sites.
    - reclaimed land/contaminated land.

  • 4.2. - Explain the advantages and disadvantage of development on different land types.

    - green field sites.
    - brown field sites.

    Could include:
    - planning restrictions.
    - land use.
    - building restrictions.
    - cost.
    - contaminated land.
    - reusing land.
    - space issues.

  • 4.3. - Describe the social benefits of construction development.

    - regeneration of waste land.
    - local employment.
    - improved housing.
    - improvements to local infrastructure.
    - improvements to local amenities.


Understand the principles of sustainability within the construction industry and built environment.

  • 5.1. - Explain what is meant by the term sustainability.

    Could include:
    - finite resources.
    - global shortages, needs of future generations.
    - environmental factors, global warming, climate change, extinction of species and vegetation, destruction of natural resources.
    - social regeneration.

  • 5.2. - Explain how sustainability can be applied to construction and civil engineering projects.

    Could include:
    - green construction methods.
    - use of green or locally sourced materials.
    - increase use of reclaimed and recycled materials.
    - zero carbon initiatives.
    - energy saving technology.
    - alternative energy sources.
    - waste water recycling and water saving initiatives.

    - improved waste management.

  • 5.3. - Explain the benefits of using sustainable materials and construction methods.

    Could include:
    - locally sourced materials.
    - guaranteed availability of materials.
    - enhanced material properties (energy saving).
    - lower carbon footprint.
    - protecting the natural environment.
    - controlled waste management.

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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