Foundational Learning Competence

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What is Foundational Learning Competence (FLC)?

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.


The purpose of Foundational Communication is to enable individuals to deal confidently and successfully with the Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT) of formal occupational training Foundational Mathematical Literacy’ is the minimum, generic mathematical literacy that will provide learners with the necessary foundation to cope with the mathematical demands of occupational training. 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.

Why do I need Foundational Learning Competence?

Foundational Learning Competence (FLC) Part Qualification afford many South Africans who are denied qualification in occupations and trades at NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4 because they are unable to achieve the compulsory fundamental requirements at all four levels in the FET band for mathematical literacy and language. Foundational Learning provides an alternative qualification model to enable progress in occupational qualifications pathways.

Learners who have grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 who did not pass Maths and English with 33.3% in Matric are required to do FLC in order to enrol for Occupational Qualification.



FLC- does not replace matric/Grade 12, but serve as an alternative entry for occupational qualifications that are on level 2 – 4. All learners who are interested on training Occupational Qualification but have not met specified minimum requirements of pass in Maths and English with 33.3% and above, have to undergo FLC training.


Entry Requirements for FLC

  1. Communication at Adult Based Education and Training (ABET) Level 3 or equivalent.
  2. Mathematical Literacy at ABET Level 3 or equivalent.
  3.  Pass in grade 8 and above in Maths and English or
  4. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Registration Dates

  1. Open Registration
  2. Candidates can enter the assessments before or during their occupational training.

Duration of FLC Training

The duration is 400 hours which is a minimum of 3 months, but all depends with hours spend on training