What is an FLC – QCTO

What is the duration of an FLC programme?

The FLC programme length will vary depending on the competence of the learner. it is suggested that an average  FLC programme could be 4 months in duration. this will depend on the method of delivery (part time or full time) and the ability of the learner.

Who will deliver the FLC?

It is recommended that Facilitators of the FLC be subject area specialists in the learning area that they deliver. Qualified Mathematics and English teachers should teach the FLC. the QCTO is developing an FLC facilitator part qualification to assist facilitators to become familiar with the content of the FLC. the part qualification will prepare them to teach the FLC.

What materials should be used to deliver the FLC?

Providers will need to develop learning materials for the FLC or buy them commercially. the AQp may develop learning materials for the sector or adapt existing materials to suite the FLC context. programme development must be done in relation to the curriculum frameworks. Compliance with curriculum frameworks is part of the provider accreditation  process to offer the FLC.

What is the reason for the FLC?

The skills developed in the two learning  areas, Communication and Mathematical Literacy, have been identified as foundational for learners wanting to progress in their occupation and skills development. thus it is advisable to do the FLC before embarking on an occupational learning programme or qualification.

Language proficiency is closely linked to success in learning. Many adult learners have a gap in their understanding of and ability to apply language and mathematical literacy concepts in the workplace. Learners are often able to ‘do’ a task in an occupational environment; however their language skills in English (normally the language of teaching and learning) are at a much lower level. they are often unable to deal with theoretical concepts in learning material and the acquisition of new skills and knowledge in the occupational training, thus hampering their progress.

the FLC provides the minimum competence required in each learning area in order to function optimally in the world of work.  it supports the objectives of the NQF that the fundamental unit standards were

intended to achieve in terms of redress, access to meaningful learning, the achievement of qualifications and providing a basis for lifelong learning.

Learners need only do the FLC once as it is applicable to NQF levels 2-4. Successful learners should have increased confidence  and expertise in applying language and mathematical skills in different real-life situations and contexts, and especially those related to uses in the workplace.

Qualifications that require additional mathematical or communication knowledge to that which is provided in the FLC will provide for these requirements in the curriculum of those qualifications.