Foundational Learning Competence is a part qualification consisting of two learning areas: Communications and Mathematical Literacy. It describes the minimum competence needed in these two key areas that is required by people to function optimally in the world of work. The FLC describes the minimum competence required of learners to deal successfully with occupational learning at NQF Levels 2-4. The FLC is registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by SAQA.
The school-leaving qualification, the National Senior Certificate, is registered at NQF Level 4. Hence the Foundational Learning Competence addresses the needs of learners in the occupational qualifications that are registered on the NQF at Level 2, 3 and 4 i.e. below Grade 12.
The Foundational Learning Competence is a compulsory part of all new qualifications developed under the auspices of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) at NQF levels 3 and 4. This does not mean that developers of qualifications at NQF Level 2 cannot include Foundational Learning as a requirement. It has replaced the ‘fundamentals’ in Mathematics and Communications that were required previously in all qualifications at NQF Levels 1 to 4.
It is a part qualification registered at NQF Level 2. It has a credit value of 40, 20 for Foundational Learning Competence in Communications and 20 for Foundational Learning Competence in Mathematical Literacy.
There are three documents that describe the learning required for the FLC, namely the Foundational Learning Competence Part Qualification (which contains the Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria for both Communications and Mathematical Literacy), the Foundational Learning Competence Communication in English: Curriculum Framework and the Foundational Learning Competence Communication in Mathematical Literacy: Curriculum Framework.
These are registered with the QCTO, and provide detailed specifications of knowledge, content, applied skills, range statements and assessment requirements. Providers may offer FLC learning programmes in order to prepare learners to write the FLC external assessment. Programme development must be done in relation to the curriculum frameworks and compliance with these documents is an indicator in the provider accreditation process for this part qualification. Both curriculum framework documents are available on the IEB website.