NCV NQF LEVEL 2 - ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

STUDY LETTER 2/2010

 

1. DURATION OF THE COURSE

The programme consists of seven subjects and is designed as a one year course for full time learners, but we offer it on a part-time basis provided that at least 200 hours of learning takes place and that all assessment requirements are met.

 

If the learner spends at least two hours per day, five days per week on his/her studies, he/she will meet the required number of learning hours. A maximum of three years is allowed for completion of the seven subjects of the part-time programme

 

2. EXAMINATION LANGUAGE

All subjects in 2010 will be examined in English, except where a language is taken as a subject.

 

3. COMPOSITION OF THE COURSE

There are eleven fields of study to choose from and each course consists of two components, namely a fundamental component and a vocational component.

The Fundamental Component forms the basis for all other learning and is compulsory. It comprises of three subjects, namely:

  • An official language (English or Afrikaans or isiXhosa)

  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, and

  • Life Orientation.

The Vocational Component defines the specialised field of study and comprises of four subjects (for example in the Management course the subjects are Management Practice, Operations Management, Financial Management and Entrepreneurship).

 

4. CREDITS

Each subject is worth 20 credits, except Life Orientation which carries 10 credits.

Component

Subject

Credits

Fundamental

Language

20

Maths

20

Life Orientation

10

Vocational

Subject 1(eg. Management Practice)

20

Subject 2 (eg. Operations Management)

20

Subject 3 (eg. Financial Management)

20

Subject 4 (eg. Entrepreneurship)

20

Total credits for the qualification

130

 

5. REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION

In order to proceed to NQF level 3, the following pass marks must be obtained:

 

  • The official language
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy 
  • Life Orientation. 
  • In each of the four vocational subjects.
40%
30%
40%
70%

6. SCALE OF ACHIEVEMENT

The fundamental subjects are rated according to the following scale of achievement:

Rating Code

Rating

%

7

Outstanding

80-100%

6

Meritorious

70-79%

5

Substantial

60-69%

4

Adequate

50-59%

3

Moderate

40-49%

2

Elementary

30-39%

1

Not achieved

0-29%

 

The vocational subjects are rated according to the following scale of achievement:

Rating Code

Rating

%

4

Outstanding

80-100%

3

Competent

70-79%

2

Not yet competent

60-69%

1

Not achieved

0-59%

 

7.  ASSESSMENT

Assessment for certification consists of theoretical- and practical- assessments which will be conducted internally and externally in all the fundamentals and the vocational subjects:

 

Assessment Requirements

 

Internal Assessment

External assessment

 

Fundamental component

Portfolio of Evidence

(Practical & Theory)

25%

Examination  Theoretical

75%

100%

Vocational component

Portfolio of Evidence

(Practical & Theory)

50%

Examination (Practical & Theoretical)

50%

100%

 

8. THE PORTFOLIO OF EVIDENCE (PoE)

Knowledge, skills, attitudes and values(SKAV’s) are assessed throughout the year. Evidence is contained in the Portfolio of Evidence (PoE).

 

Assessment of the PoE is called internal continuous assessment [ICASS]. The ICASS mark is made up of a practical component and a theoretical component consisting of an assignment which must be handed in before the 1st of August 2010.

All evidence collected for assessment purposes is contained and recorded in the students’ PoE. Depending on the subject, some methods for collecting evidence include:

 

a.       Observation based methods:

  • Observation sheets.

  • Students’ own notes.

  • Subjective impressions of an assessor.

b.       Task based methods:

  • Project check lists.

  • Research reports.

  • Rubrics for case studies, practical exercises, role play and interviews.

c.       Test based methods:

  • Assignments.

  • Tests.

  • Examinations.

d.       Actual practical work done.

ICASS is moderated internally by Technicol SA College and quality assured externally by Umalusi. The ICASS mark is valid for 36 months.

Assessors of Technicol SA are registered with the ETDP SETA.  More information on PoE’s will follow in study letter 3/2010.

9. ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICAL WORK

Practical assessment is compulsory for both the Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) and the external examination in all four the vocational subjects. It is compulsory that a student spends at least 65 hours in a structured environment. A structured environment is a real workplace or a simulated environment suited for the purposes of assessment.

 

Evidence of practical work must be provided in the form of a Logbook with clear indications of the competencies to be assessed. 

The Logbook must contain:

  • the competency levels for practical work executed, and

  • the competency level for language proficiency and reading competence.

The Logbook must be signed off by an officially assigned supervisor (the immediate supervisor at work or appointed assessor).

The Logbook is part of the PoE and must be submitted with the PoE before 1 August 2010.

 

The practical examination is called the Integrated Summative Assessment Task (ISAT) which is conducted in a structured work environment and must take place in August or September. The  ISAT test assesses application of competence in the workplace, must be conducted by the immediate supervisor or appointed assessor and can take between 4 and 7 hours, depending on how many subjects are combined. The ISAT can only be conducted once the PoE has been submitted.

 

More information on practicals will follow in study letter 4/2010.

 

10. TOPICS  AND WEIGHTED VALUES

Each subject is divided into topics and each topic carries a weighted value in assessments and examinations. See the example for English Fist Additional Language:

 

         TOPIC

WEIGHTED VALUES

1.      Listening  & speaking 20
2.      Reading & viewing  30
3.      Writing & presenting 30
4.      Language & practice 20

Total =

100

       

More information on topics and weighted values will follow in study letter 5/2010.

 

11. EXTERNAL SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (ESASS):
 (FINAL EXAMINATIONS)

The final year-end examination is called the ESASS  and consists of two components, namely

The external examination paper set by the Department of Education (DoE): Directorate National Examinations which will be written in October / November 2010, and

The Integrated Summative Assessment Task (ISAT) which is a practical examination in a structured work environment. All students are assessed with the same ISAT instrument which will be set by the examiner for a particular subject.

 

The ISAT will assess application of competence in the workplace and can be a combination of two or more subjects, for example, a topic in Life Orientation is given as a research project which incorporates writing and presentation skills (Language) as well as calculations, graphs, costing or statistical analysis of data (Maths) and can take between 4 and 7 hours.

 

12. FINAL MARK COMPILATION

Internal Assessment (ICASS)

External assessment (ESASS)

Fundamental component

Portfolio of Evidence

(Practical (Logbook) & Theory Assignment)

25%

Nov Examination  (Theoretical)

75%

100%

Vocational component

Portfolio of Evidence

(Practical (Logbook) & Theory Assignment)

50%

Examination (Practical (ISAT) & Theoretical – Nov exam)

50%

100%

 

13. NATIONAL EXAMINATION PAPERS

Structure of the papers for Fundamental Subjects:

  • Knowledge & comprehension: 60%

  • Application of knowledge: 30%

  • Analysis, synthesis & evaluation: 10%

Structure of the papers for the different Vocational Subjects:

  • Knowledge & comprehension: between 30%- 60%

  • Application of knowledge: between 30%- 60%

  • Analysis, synthesis & evaluation: between 10%- 25%

More information on examinations will follow in study letter 6/2010

 

For further information, contact the Programme Manager, Ms M. Koen or Ms Deidre Erasmus at the Student Support Section at Technicol SA College, Tel no (012) 654-1316/7.

 

14. PERSONAL ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE: 2010

Type of Assessment

Due date

Done

PoE & Logbook (ICASS)

Before 1 Aug

ü       

1. Language

 

 

2. Maths

 

 

3. Life Orientation

 

 

4.

 

 

5.

 

 

6.

 

 

7.

 

 

Practical examination (ISAT)

1 Aug – 30 Sept

ü       

1. Language

 

 

2. Maths

 

 

3. Life Orientation

 

 

4.

 

 

5.

 

 

6.

 

 

7.

 

 

Final Examination Theory paper

Oct/ Nov

ü       

1. Language

 

 

2. Maths

 

 
3. Life Orientation

 

 
4.

 

 
5.

 

 
6.

 

 
7.

 

 

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