Get Credited for Maths and Languages Now: CAT Credits

How You Are Credited for Maths and Languages. CAT stands for Credit Accumulation Transfer. This is how SAQA allows Learners to be credited as they progress up the NQF.

How to Be Credited for Maths and Languages in South Africa

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When you finish school and apply for an occupational qualification or learnership, you may need to know how to be credited for maths and languages. Maths and two languages are a feature of the South African school system. Having these skills is important for life in general, but especially at work. (Alright, relationships too!)

Why Am I Credited for Maths and Languages?

Let’s say you finished Matric and are accepted onto an NQF Level 3 Learnership. Matrics have at least Maths Literacy and two languages at NQF level 4. Therefore when you do an NQF level 3 occupational qualification, because you are credited for the maths and language components at NQF level 4, you can skip them.

What is Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT)?

Credit Accumulation Transfer is a system that allows for the recognition and transfer of credits. You can earn credits from one institution to another or from one program to another within the same institution. This system was introduced in South Africa as part of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This is to provide a standardised and transparent approach to the recognition of learning achievements.

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How to Be Credited for Maths and Languages

Count Your Numeracy and Literacy Credits

The table below illustrates when you can be credited for Maths and Languages. In the first line, if you completed Grade 12 with Maths, then you are credited on any programme from level 1 to 4.

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Credited for Maths and Languages Makes Education and Training Sustainable

CAT ensures that you don’t repeat the same learning for something you already know. This is similar to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). CAT and RPL both encourage a more sustainable approach to learning and credit-bearing training. We don’t need to spend time and money training you when you are already credited for it.

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Earning Credits On The NQF Framework

The NQF is a framework that organizes qualifications according to levels of learning achievement and allows for the comparison and recognition of qualifications across different education and training systems. There are 10 levels in the NQF, with level 1 being the lowest and level 10 being the highest. Each level is defined by a set of criteria that describe the knowledge, skills, and competencies that are expected of a learner at that level.

The Benefits of CAT are 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

How Credits Are Accumulated and Awarded

In the CAT system, credits are allocated to learning outcomes that have been achieved by the learner. These credits are based on the level of the qualification and the complexity of the learning outcomes. Each credit represents a notional 10 hours of learning.

The system allows for the accumulation of credits towards a qualification, regardless of the institution or program in which the learning was achieved. This means that a learner can accumulate credits from multiple institutions or programs and transfer them to a new program or DHET institution to complete a qualification.

For example, if a learner has completed a module worth 12 credits at a level 5 institution, and they want to transfer to a level 6 institution, the new institution will recognize these credits and allow the learner to continue studying towards a level 6 qualification.

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In summary, the CAT system is an important tool for learners who want to continue their education and training by allowing them to transfer their credits between institutions and programs. This helps to promote lifelong learning and the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce.

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