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National Open College Network

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About Open College Networks (OCNs)

OpenCollege Networks (OCNs) are licensed by NOCN. They are locally managed, not-for-profit partnerships committed to providing a flexible and responsive local accreditation service for a wide range of learning activities.

What do OCNs provide?

The Award and certification of NQF and QCF Qualifications

Quality assurance for learning programmes

External moderation and verification of learning and achievement

Award of certificates to learners detailing their achievements

Advice and support on curriculum

Support from experienced staff through the accreditation process

Access to good practice and a database of approved units

Access to staff development and networking activities

Support for a network of organisations that collaborate on making education more accessible

OCN partnership organisations include...

Employers

Further Education

Sixth Form Colleges

Schools

Private Training Providers

Adult and Community Education Centres

Local Education Authorities

Voluntary and Community Organisations

Universities and Higher Education Institutions

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Our Mission Statement

NOCN is a leading credit-based awarding organisation that has been creating opportunities for students and learners for over 25 years. We’re trusted and recognised by learners, educational organisations and employers.

NOCN has offices in the UK and India, around 2,000 centres nationally offering our qualifications. Our qualifications range from Entry Level, right the way through to Level 4, and include skills for life such as Functional Skills. We offer almost 400 different qualifications.

Set up in 1987, with the support of NIACE, NOCN developed the regionally based small number of Open College Federations and access organisations into a single Open College Network (OCN) with a new and consistent structure to the qualifications.

We create and develop quality, flexible qualifications for organisations that offer education and training to their students, members or staff.

Recognised by the Qualifications Regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we also have partnerships in Scandinavia, offices and centres in India. We’re extending our international offers further to include Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine as well as developing opportunities in the Middle East, Mauritius and South Africa.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and have achieved theInvestors in Diversity standard.

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