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South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995 (Act No. 58 of 1995)

Level Descriptors Regulations (NQF levels 1 to 4), 2003

1. Definitions


In these regulations any word or expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act shall have such meaning and, unless the context indicates otherwise—


"applied competence"

means the ability to put into practice in the relevant context the learning outcomes acquired in obtaining a qualification;


"autonomy of learning"

means the capacity of a learner for lifelong learning and includes the extent to which a learner can undertake action-for learning independently, the extent to which a learner takes responsibility for his or her own learning and the extent to which a learner is self-reflexive about and can evaluate the quality of his or her learning and eventually that of others;



means a particular area of learning used as an organizing mechanism for the NQF;


"level descriptor"

means that statement describing learning achievement at a particular level of the NQF;


"National Qualifications Framework"

means the National Qualifications Framework as already in the Act;


"operational literacy"

means an ability to use basic procedures and operations to complete complex tasks;


"unit standard"

means registered statements of desired education and training outcomes and their associated assessment criteria together with administrative and other information as specified in the National Standards Bodies Regulations, 1998.