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QCTO and FLC

FLC and the QCTO

Who and What is the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)?

  • It is responsible for the development, maintenance and quality assurance of qualifications within its sub-framework.
  • The purpose of the QCTO is to ensure quality in the development, provision and certification of occupational qualifications.
  • The QCTO designs and develops occupational standards and qualifications and submits them to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for registration on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
  • Ensure the quality of occupational standards, qualifications and learning in and for the workplace.

What is Foundational Learning Competence (FLC)?

  • Foundational Learning Competence (FLC) is a part qualification that consists of two learning areas: Communication and Mathematical Literacy.
  • It outlines the minimum level of competence required for optimal functioning in the world of work and for occupational learning at NQF 2-4.
  • It is a part qualification registered at NQF Level 2 and carries 40 credits in total. Each learning area carries 20 Credits.
  • FLC is directed at learners in occupational qualifications registered on NQF 2, 3 and 4 levels.
  • It is a compulsory component for all new qualifications at NQF levels 3 and 4.
  • FLC is intended to address Communication in English and Mathematical Literacy skills and knowledge required for learning across the FET sector NQF 2-4.

Why the need for FLC?

  • Many adult learners have a gap in their understanding of an ability to apply language and mathematical literacy concepts in the workplace.
  • FLC provides the minimum competence required in each learning area in order to function optimally in the world of work.
  • FLC increases confidence and expertise in applying language and mathematical skills in different real-life situations and context, and especially those related to uses in the workplace.

What are the entry requirements for FLC?

  • Learners who are competent at ABET Level 4 in English and Mathematical Literacy.
  • Learners must undertake a placement assessment