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FOUNDATION QUESTIONS

Frequently asked questions for the Foundation Skills.


I want to deliver the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 1 qualification. What do I need to do ?


Firstly the school will need to become a SPEC member. This requires the school to sign an agreement with South Pacific Educational Courses. The school will allocate a teacher to become the SPEC Co-ordinator for the school. The named person will oversee the delivery and ensure the quality assurance procedures are followed. The trained teacher will attend an initial professional development session for the New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for supported learners Level 1 and the NZQA approved SPEC programme. This person will be responsible for the upskilling of other staff involved, and will be the point of contact between the school and SPEC.


The school will also need to apply for NZQA Accreditation to deliver the approved programme leading to the New Zealand qualification.

This is done electronically by the schools principal’s nominee. It requires information about staffing, resources, time allocation, a letter from SPEC and the teachers CV.

The school will also need to apply for NZQA Accreditation to deliver the approved programme leading to the New Zealand qualification.

This is done electronically by the schools principal’s nominee. It requires information about staffing, resources, time allocation, a letter from SPEC and the teachers CV.



How many hours will need to be allocated to run the qualification?


A 60 credit qualification equates to 600 notional hours of work.

Many schools offer this on two option lives over a two year period. Many schools start students in year 10 finishing the qualification in year 11. Some schools are looking to introduce the qualification in year 9, so students are prepared for NCEA.

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Students would continue with other NCEA subjects to make up their full school programme during this time.


Can students also gain credits towards NCEA through the Foundation qualification?


YES

Currently it is possible to use unit standards from Core Generic selection that match the outcomes of the Foundation qualification.

Credits gained through unit standards assessment can be used towards NCEA.