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How SAQA allows Learners to be credited for Maths and Languages

Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT)

“Credit Accumulation Transfer” is based on a model developed by SAQA that is used to determine how CAT can be implemented to recognise school / FET qualifications and sector qualifications.

Recognition of Achievements

This ensures that learners don’t repeat the exercise of learning something they already know and face a second judgement determining competency when one has already been made. This means that:

  1. the cost of learning can be reduced as a learner only has to pay for components they require
  2. training time is reduced
  3. the programme can focus on core and specialisation outcomes

It should be noted that, given an under-resourced school system in our country and bell curve challenges, many learners could benefit from doing the maths and language components of a qualification even though they could be credited for it.

Numeracy and Literacy Credits

The table below illustrates when a candidate can be credited for Literacy and Numeracy. Matric certificates and school reports can quantify the levels learners have achieved.

  • In the first line, a candidate who completed Grade 12 with Maths can be credited on any programme from level 1 – 4.

Skills Provider Policies and Learner Management

Include CAT in the assessment policy and link it to your recruitment and selection process. Learner reports and certificates can be collected at the beginning of the application process.

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