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FOUNDATIONAL  LEARNING  COMPETENCE  QUALIFICATION

Quality Assurance Funtionary:                                   QCTO   

Qualification type:                                                           Foundational Learning Cert.

NQF Level:                                                                          02

Credits:                                                                                40

Purpose:  The key purpose being to remove barriers to learning and progress for occupational and skills development.

Foundational learning refers to the competence needed in 2 key areas: Communication and Mathematical Literacy – in order to deal successfully with occupational learning at NQF levels 2 – 4.  The part qualification: Communication, describes the language skills, processes and knowledge and practices needed in the language of instruction for occupational training and language in the workplace.

Language proficiency is closely aligned to success in learning in other subjects. It is the minimum competence needed in Communication and Mathematical Literacy that is required to function optimally up to NQF 4.

It is assumed that learners are competent in:

*Communication at Adult Based Education and Training (ABET) Level 3 or equivalent.

* Mathematical Literacy at ABET Level 3 or equivalent.

Learners must achieve 20 credits for each component i.e. 50%

The curriculum framework: Compliance with curriculum frameworks is part of the provider accreditation process to offer the FLC.  Areas covered:

Mathematical Literacy: Number, finance, data and chance, measurement, space and shape, patterns and relationships.

Communication: writing, speaking and listening, visual literacy, language structure and usage, study skills and workplace terminology.

Mathematical Literacy: Number, finance, data and chance, measurement, space and shape, patterns and relationships.

Specific and specialist terminology and concepts for specific industries, ie. Banking, engineering and others will not be done through the FLC but through the Occupational qualifications at NQF levels 3 and 4. The FLC intends to address the skills and knowledge required for occupational learning across the Further Education and Training (FET) band. Teachers of the FLC can contextualise the learning in relation to the occupational sector or trade of specific learners, where necessary.

The focus in FLC Communications is on:

  1. developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that will enable the learner to function optimally in the workplace,
  2. to enable the learner to deal with further learning and
  3. to access occupational training materials and related assessments.

The programme covers 4 months in duration but depends also on whether the learning is part time or full time and on the ability of the learner(s) and carries 20 credits. The FLC in Mathematical literacy covers the same time and credits. A placement assessment is advisable to ensure that the demands of the learning programme match the learner’s level of competence.

The FLC has a final assessment, examination, through the IEB, done via a multiple choice, machine scored format. 

Once a student has the FLC, they can enter occupational learning at NQF levels 3 and 4 or the FLC may also be obtained while a learner is registered for an occupational learning programme at NQF 3 and 4. So, the FLC must be obtained before the learner can receive the qualification at levels 3 and 4. So too for non matrics. Those who have the FLC can then go on to get a matric or any other further academic study.

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) is the Assessment Quality Partner of the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations for the part qualification, FLC. The IEB is a non profit organisation, dedicated to providing reliable and valid assessment of competence since 1989.

This external summative assessment lasts 2.5 hrs and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. The assessment is machine scored and are conducted at IEB assessment centres. Samples of such papers in both subject areas are available for download on the IEB website.

The provider will enrol the learner and the IEB will issue statements of results to the providers. The results will then be uploaded to SAQA. Learners need to be competent in both areas in order to achieve the part qualification. A 50% mark or above in both need to be achieved. Fees are published on the IEB website.

The IEB will establish a record of providers of the FLC and a database of assessment centres for the FLC. The IEB works closely with the QCTO to ensure learners, providers and industry are provided with information about the curriculum and the assessment processes.

Learners may write the FLC external summative assessment (exam) without going through the programme. If they pass, they will receive the credits. It is advisable they do the placement assessment before writing the test.

Who would benefit from the FLC programme: International students / Apprentices / Learnerships / RPL – Recognised prior learning candidates.

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