NOCN - National Open College Network - is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Qualification Regulators of the UK.

The Qualification Regulators are: the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England, the Qualifications Wales (QW) in Wales, and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

The NOCN is required to comply with the criteria provided by the General Conditions of Recognition on an annual basis, and that their approved centres meet the same standards.

NOCN ESOL International qualifications are accredited by Ofqual

  • NOCN Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 1) (A1)
  • NOCN Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 2) (A2)
  • NOCN Entry Level Certificate in ESOL international (Entry 3) (B1)
  • NOCN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (B2)
  • NOCN Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (C1)
  • NOCN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (C2)

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates Qualifications, Examinations and Assessments in England, set up in April 2010 under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and covered by the Education Act 2011.

It is a Non-Ministerial Government Department (NMGD) with jurisdiction in England.
Ofqual is responsible for ensuring that:

  • regulated qualifications reliably indicate the knowledge, skills and understanding students have demonstrated,
  • assessments and exams show what a student has achieved,
  • people have confidence in the qualifications that they regulate,
  • students and teachers have information on the full range of qualifications that they regulate.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) International Qualifications are designed for learners who are not native speakers of English and who wish to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification at the highest level (Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) Level 3 / Common European Framework (CEF) C2).

The Qualifications are suitable for learners who are preparing for entry to higher education or professional employment in the UK or elsewhere.

ESOL International Qualifications are designed to reference the descriptions of language proficiency in the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR). The levels in the CEFR have been mapped to the levels in the National Qualifications Framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NOCN ESOL International Qualifications are recognised by ASEP

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