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Foundational Learning Competence


Foundational Learning refers to the competence needed in the two key areas of Communication and Mathematical Literacy in order to deal successfully with occupational learning at NQF Levels 2-4. Its key purpose is to remove barriers to learning and progress in occupational pathways and skills development.

Course code:


Accreditation status:
  • NQF level 2 – accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
  • SAQA ID: 88895
  • 40 Credits

Course duration:

6-8 months

Entry requirements:
  • Abet level 4
  • Grade 9

A student is exempted from completing the FLC if they have obtained a National Senior Certificate or a NQF Level 2 qualification.

Subjects offered:

Foundational Communication consists of:

  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Visual literacy
  • Language structure and usage
  • Study skills
  • Workplace terminology

Foundational Mathematical Literacy consists of:

  • Number and quantity
  • Finance
  • Data and chance
  • Measurement
  • Space and shape
  • Patterns and relationships
Assessment and award:

Each learning area is assessed separately ON THE SAME DAY. Each assessment is 2.5 hours long and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Assessments are machine scored.

The IEB will issue a statement of results to FLC Skills Development Providers. The IEB will upload learner results to the QCTO. Learners need to be found competent in both learning areas in order to achieve the part qualification.

Articulation Options:

This part qualification, by definition, articulates directly with all occupational and trade qualifications at NQF Levels 3 and 4, as well as with those occupational and trade qualifications at NQF Level 2 that specify Foundational Learning as a requirement. Any stipulations regarding the LOLT and the language of occupational assessment (e.g. trade tests) for the Foundational Communication component of the Part Qualification must be made in the relevant occupational qualification.



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