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Foundational Learning Competency (FLC)

Foundational Learning Competency (FLC)

Foundational Learning Competency

Foundational Learning Competency (FLC) can now be obtained by passing two fundamental subjects which are Foundational Communication (which focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills) and Foundational Mathematical Literacy (which focuses on mathematical ideas and applications) to obtain the Foundational Learning Certificate.

What is Foundational Learning Competency?

Foundational Learning Competency (FLC) is a SAQA registered part qualification at NQF Level 2, with 40 credits and SAQA ID 88895. FLC is a compulsory qualification for all new occupational qualifications developed by the Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) at NQF levels 3 and 4. However note that a matric qualification means the learner does not need to do FLC.

SAQA ID: 88895
Course Credits: 40
NQF Level: Level 2
Course Duration: 4-8 months

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The Purpose of Foundational Learning Competency

FLC is directed at learners in occupational qualifications registered on the NQF at Level 2, 3 and 4. Some learners do not qualify for occupational qualifications at NQF Level 3 and higher due to lack of qualifications.

There are learners who left school before obtaining matric and further education has been a challenge. FLC helps bridge the gap for learners interested in meeting requirements to study occupational qualifications.

What is important to note is that FLC is a compulsory component for all new qualifications developed by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) at NQF levels 3 and 4. What this means is that a learner will not be able to start an occupational learnership unless the learner has completed a Foundational Learning Competence (FLC) part-qualification first. FLC will be a prerequisite to all Occupational Learnership qualifications in the future.

Who is Fitting to Obtain FLC

FLC first and foremost is done by people who want to do QCTO Occupational Qualifications such as Learnerships. So you qualify to obtain FLC if:

  • you did not finish matric (no matric certificate or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification)
  • you have an ABET qualification at levels 3 and below you must do FLC
  • you do not not fall in the above and you have no qualification at all you can still do FLC. Pre-assessments are conducted to access the level of competency before being enrolled into the actual programme.

Entry Requirements for FLC

It is important to note that as stated above, anyone can do FLC with whatever minimal qualification they have to avoid excluding someone who wants and has the motivation. It must be made clear that they might take longer to achieve their FLC.  

It is expected that if you possess the minimal qualifications below you are likely to cope with the needs and demands of FLC.

  • Grade 9
  • ABET Level 4
  • Any equivalent qualification

Duration of FLC

The duration of the course is very flexible and is determined by the readiness of the individual or group. The duration can be from 4 months to 8 months.

Subjects Offered

Foundational Communication consists of:

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


Foundational Mathematical Literacy consists of:

  • Number and quantity
  • Patterns and Relationships
  • Finance
  • Data and chance
  • Measurement
  • Space and shape

External Summative Assessment (Final Examination)

Each subject is assessed separately over two days. Each assessment is 2 hours 30 minutes long and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. Assessments are machine scored. We will register you with the accredited assessment body for all FLC assessments, which is Independent Examination Board (IEB). All the administrative work will be handled by the college.


The college will issue a statement of results from IEB. Further 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 and be certified.

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