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Refers to a candidate who does not attend a timetabled Global or Local examination. Absent candidates will be awarded a mark of zero for that examination. This also applies when a candidate fails to submit an Assignment on time.


Accredited Partner Centre

A centre that has been accredited to use Programme teaching and learning resources for given qualification(s) together with marketing materials.


Advanced Standing

This refers to an agreement with a university that allows NCC Education candidates to enter Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with credit, for example: an NCC Education candidate who holds a Level 4 Diploma in Business can enter onto year 2 of a relevant Bachelor’s degree.



A change made to a candidate’s enrolment record.


Approved Centre

A centre that has been approved to administer NCC EDUCATION assessments and qualification(s).



Global Assignment, Local Examination, Global Examination, Group Assignment and associated Marking Scheme.


Assessment Cycle

The window in which unit assessments are to be completed by candidates.



A project or extended study undertaken as a component for certain qualifications. An Assignment must be completed by a set closing date.



Campus is NCC Education's online learning environment for students and Accredited Parnter Centres, providing an exclusive area to share and access materials and information needed for study.



Any student entered for an assessment.


Candidate Fee

The price for each candidate registration.


Candidate Summary

A report, available to Centres via Connect, which provides a candidate’s unit and credit status together with summary totals.



A school, college or other organisation that has been approved to offer NCC EDUCATION qualifications.


Centre Co-ordinator

A member of staff at a Centre responsible for the day to day running of NCC EDUCATION qualifications and administering assessments.



1) The official document produced when a qualification award is achieved by earning the minimum pass grade or above.

2) A qualification in the QCF with 13 to 36 credits.



The process of awarding a qualification for a completed specification.



The constituent assessment(s) making up a unit. Some units will have one component (e.g. an Assignment) others will have multiple components (e.g. a Global Examination and an Assignment).



Connect is NCC Education's online web portal which is used by centres to administer students/candidates



A unit of assessment in a QCF qualification has a credit value when the unit is successfully completed. The credit value also gives an indication of how long it will normally take a candidate to prepare for the unit.



A qualification in the QCF with at least 37 credits.

The Level 4 Diploma makes up the first year of the NCC Education degree journey. The programme is equivalent to the first year of a degree programme in the UK university system.

The Level 5 Diploma makes up the second year of the NCC Education degree journey with the programme equivalent to the second year of a degree programme in the UK university system.



The official notification from a Centre of the sessions in which a candidate wants to be assessed.


Entry Level

Entry Level is the lowest level in the National Qualifications Framework in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Qualifications at this level recognise basic knowledge and skills.



An NCC EDUCATION set assessment consisting of a question paper/answer book taken by a candidate at a specified date/date in an assessment cycle.



The classification for a candidate who does not achieve the minimum requirements for a qualification unit.



Pre-university programmes designed to introduce key concepts and allow progression onto our diplomas.


Global Assignment

An Assignment set by NCC EDUCATION and marked by a centre tutor, apart from in the case of Level 7 Global Assignments which are marked by NCC EDUCATION staff.


Global Examination

An examination set and marked by an NCC EDUCATION contracted examiner.



A candidate’s level of achievement for each unit. There are three pass grades; Pass, Merit and Distinction.


Head of Centre

A person at a centre who has operational control and accountability.


Local Examination

An examination set by NCC EDUCATION and marked by a centre tutor.



Learning Records Service; a shared service for education stakeholders delivered by the Skills Funding Agency, jointly sponsored by DfE and BIS in England, Wales and NI only.



Failure to comply with centre regulations/standards and/or follow published processes and schedules.



Failure by a centre to comply with requirements to authenticate candidate work.



A person contracted by NCC EDUCATION to ensure that either all centre marking (Local Examinations and Assignments) or all NCC EDUCATION examiner marking is to the same standard.



A set of teaching and learning resources for a qualification unit, available within a Programme.



Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.



Personal Learning Record; a record of general and vocational unit and qualification achievement for a learner registered with the LRS in England, Wales and NI only.



A teaching and learning resource available to an Accredited Partner Centre.



The Qualifications and Credit Framework, Ofqual regulate qualifications that use the rules of the QCF.



A product that:

Gives a reliable indication of an individual’s knowledge, skills and understanding;

Is awarded only to a candidate who has demonstrated a specified level of attainment across all components.


Recognised for Entry

This refers to an agreement with a university that allows NCC Education candidates with qualifications such as the International Foundation Year (IFY) or Pre-Master’s entry onto year 1 of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, as the NCC Education qualification satisfies the university entry requirements.



A person registered for study on an NCC Education qualification.



A candidate’s second or third attempt to pass a given assessment. A resit fee is involved in this process.



A recommended adjustment to candidate marks for a unit or module.



A question paper/answer book completed in an examination.



An academic half-year term. Generally programmes run over one or two semesters.



A process that ensures assessments are marked globally to the same standard across centres, examiners and moderators.


Special Consideration

A Special Consideration is a pre or post assessment adjustment applied to a candidate and is requested by a centre administrator. A pre assessment adjustment is for a candidate with a particular requirement to ensure the candidate is not disadvantaged in assessments e.g. a student with impaired sight can have a question paper in enlarged font or a reader. Guidance is provided to centres on the permissible pre assessment special considerations NCC EDUCATION will provide/approve.

A post assessment special consideration is an adjustment to the mark of a candidate, who was temporarily ill, injured or indisposed at the time of assessment.



The document available to centres describing the subject content, assessment modules/units, grade descriptors and learning outcomes.


Statement of Results

A statement of results provided on the published results release date.



Any person studying an NCC Education qualification.



NCC EDUCATION, in collaboration with a number of university partners in the UK, provides progression routes to Business and IT Bachelors (Honours) and master’s degrees which interconnect with our suite of Level 5 qualifications through a ‘Top-Up’ 3rd year delivered either online or as a franchised face to face taught programme.



A breakdown, by candidate, of all unit grades associated with a given qualification and issued with the Certificate.



A person preparing a candidate for an assessment in an Accredited Partner Centre using Programme teaching and learning resources.


Unique Candidate Number

A unique numeric code allocated to a candidate for administering enrolment and results and certification.


Unique Learner Number (ULN)

A unique number generated by a centre in the LRS for an individual candidate aged 14+ taking assessment within England, Wales and NI only.



Each individual part of a qualification that can be separately certified. Individual units build up to qualification in the QCF.



The cancelation of a candidate enrolment for an assessment and/or for a qualification/programme.

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