QCTO: Foundational Learning Competence Part Qualification

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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.

• 'Foundational mathematical literacy' is the minimum, generic mathematical literacy that will give learners the necessary foundation to cope with the mathematical demands of occupational training and to engage meaningfully in real-life situations involving mathematics. Foundational Mathematical Literacy will also serve as the foundation for further development of an individual in mathematical literacy contexts and mathematical concepts that may be specific to an occupation or trade.
Individuals who have met all the requirements of Foundational Mathematical Literacy are able to make sense of and solve problems in real contexts by responding to information about mathematical ideas that is presented in a variety of ways:

- Solve problems by defining their goals
- Analysing and making sense of problem situations
- Planning how to solve problems
- Executing their plans
- Interpreting and evaluating the results
- Justifying the method and solution.

Individuals will respond by means of identifying or locating, ordering, sorting, comparing, counting, estimating, computing, measuring, modelling, interpreting, and communicating.
This qualification is useful to learners who would like to achieve the compulsory fundamental requirements at all four levels in the FET band for mathematical literacy and language.

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. 2) Mathematical Literacy (20 credits) Element 1: Numbers - Use numbers in a variety of forms to describe and make sense of situations, and to solve problems in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Element 2: Finance - Manage personal finances using financial documents and related formulae. Element 3: Data and chance - Collect, display, and interpret data in various ways and solve related problems. Element 4: Measurement - Make measurements using appropriate measuring tools and techniques and solve problems in various measurement contexts. Element 5: Space and shape - Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of spatial properties and relationships. Element 6: Patterns and relationships - Describe, show, interpret and solve problems involving mathematical patterns, relationships, and functions. Note: It is not compulsory to complete both foundational communication and mathematical literacy modules and can be completed independently.

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