QCTO: Foundational Learning Competence Foundational Communication

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The main purpose of foundational learning is to remove any barriers to learning and progress in occupational pathways and skills development.

• 'Foundational communication' describes the language skills, processes, knowledge, and practices needed in the language of instruction for occupational training, and in the language of formal usage in the workplace.

The purpose of this component is to enable individuals to deal confidently and successfully with the language of learning and teaching (LOLT) of formal occupational training:

- Oral skills
- Print-based learning
- Language of external assessments such as trade tests.
People who achieve this part qualification will be able to speak, listen, read, and write meaningfully and effectively in the language of instruction, so that they can progress further in their chosen occupational pathways and workplace contexts.

Skills Programmes: Warehouse Controlling Skills

Entry Level Requirements

It is assumed that learners have minimum competence levels in the relevant learning area at ABET Level 3 or its equivalent. It is important to note that this is not a formal certification requirement, as there are no certification requirements for entry to the National External Assessment, however, individuals who do not have firmly established mathematical literacy skills or literacy skills in the language of the National External Assessment are unlikely to be successful.


1) Foundational communication (20 credits) Element 1: Reading - Read and understand a range of text types, extract and use information, and make critical judgments. Element 2: Writing - Write a variety of texts to record and information and ideas. Element 3: Speaking and listening - Interact orally with others with a reasonable degree of confidence for a number of purposes. Element 4: Visual literacy - Read and produce visual texts. Element 5: Language structure and use - Use knowledge of grammar in order to understand and communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking. and listening. Element 6: Study skills - Use the language of learning and teaching (LOLT) effectively for occupational learning and training. Element 7: Workplace terminology - understanding of general workplace terminology.

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