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

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

3. Level descriptors, NQF level 1


A learning programme leading to the award of a qualification or unit standards at NQF level 1 shall develop learners who demonstrate with regard to:

(a) applied competence—
(i) a general knowledge of one or more areas or fields of study, in addition to the fundamental areas of study;
(ii) an understanding of the context within which the learner operates;
(iii) an ability to use key common tools and instruments;
(iv) sound listening, speaking, reading and writing skills;
(v) basic numeracy skills including an understanding of the symbolic systems;
(vi) an ability to recognise and solve problems within a familiar, well-defined context;
(vii) an ability to recall, collect and organise given information clearly and accurately; and
(viii) an ability to report information clearly and accurately in spoken and written form;
(b) autonomy of learning—
(i) a capacity to apply themselves to a well-defined task under direct supervision;
(ii) an ability to sequence and schedule learning tasks;
(iii) an ability to access and use a range of learning resources; and
(iv) an ability to work as part of a group.