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Foundation Skills for Vocational Pathways

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Stage 5 Board Endorsed VET Course Description
Endorsed by BOSTES for cohort commencing 2017 (December 2016) 

AQF VET qualification: FSK10213 Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways

Training Package: FSK Foundation Skills (version 1.1)

Exclusions: Students undertaking this course and another VET course should choose different units of competency to meet the requirements of this course and qualification (ie a unit of competency being undertaken in another VET course cannot contribute to meeting course indicative hour requirements of this course).

Course option

82410 — Foundation Skills for Vocational Pathways

Enter this NESA course number on Schools Online.

  • This course number should always be entered as a ‘Year 10’ entry
  • This applies to students doing the course in either Year 9 or Year 10
  • The course entry needs to be made in the calendar year that the course is undertaken.

Stage 5 course requirements

This course will be credentialled as a 100-hour elective study on the Record of School Achievement (RoSA).

Students must attempt:

  • all core units of competency (totalling 60 indicative hours)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum of 40 indicative hours and to meet qualification packaging rules.

It is strongly recommended that project and work-based learning opportunities be used as a teaching and learning strategy throughout the course. These could include group project work, individual research or other activities that meet the learning needs of students. There is a range of career, enterprise and work education programs currently operating in schools that may be linked to the Foundation Skills for Vocational Pathways course.

Students must satisfy the course completion criteria as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, formerly BOSTES). (Refer to the Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website.) There must be sufficient evidence that the student has:

  • followed the course developed or endorsed by NESA
  • applied themselves with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences provided in the course
  • achieved some or all of the course outcomes.

Course content

Core

Unit code and title Status for AQF VET qualification Indicative hours of credit

FSKDIG02
Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks

core

10

FSKLRG08
Use simple strategies for work-related learning

core

10

FSKNUM08
Identify and use whole numbers and simple fractions, decimals and percentages for work

core

5

FSKNUM09
Identify, measure and estimate familiar quantities for work

core

5

FSKOCM03
Participate in simple spoken interactions at work

core

10

FSKRDG07
Read and respond to simple workplace information

core

10

FSKWTG06
Write simple workplace information

core

10

Total indicative hours for core units of competency: 60

Elective

Unit code and title Status for AQF VET qualification Indicative hours of credit

AHCLSC101
Support landscape work

elective
(vocational unit)

15

AHCNSY101
Support nursery work

elective
(vocational unit)

15

AHCPGD101
Support gardening work

elective
(vocational unit)

15

AHCPHT101
Support horticultural production

elective
(vocational unit)

15

CPCCVE1011A
Undertake a basic construction project

elective
(vocational unit)

20

FNSFLT201
Develop and use a personal budget

elective
(vocational unit)

15

FNSFLT202
Develop and use a savings plan

elective
(vocational unit)

15

SITHFAB005
Prepare and serve espresso coffee

Prerequisite: SITXFSA001

elective
(vocational unit)

15

SITXFSA001
Use hygienic practices for food safety

elective
(vocational unit)

10

AQF VET qualification

Qualification packaging rules are contained in the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package at http://training.gov.au.

In summary, to attain FSK10213 Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways students must achieve 11 units of competency including:

  1. 7 core units of competency
  2. 4 elective units of competency:
    • up to 4 units from the Foundation Skills Training Package
    • up to 4 vocational units, and their prerequisite units where applicable, from other Training Packages
    • up to 2 units from accredited courses.

Other information

Criteria for the endorsement of Board Endorsed VET courses (VET BECs)

The criteria for endorsement of VET BECs are outlined in the Guidelines for Stages 5 and 6  VET Board Endorsed courses.

Stage 5 VET course delivery

Information is available in the Stage 5 VET section.

Stage 5 VET courses can only be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the relevant qualification and units of competency on their scope of registration. Scope of registration can be checked at http://training.gov.au/.

RTOs offering training programs for the delivery and assessment of the Foundation Skills for Vocational Pathways Stage 5 VET course must meet the requirements of the VET Quality Framework, the FSK Foundation Skills Training Package and the Stage 5 course.

Information about the delivery of VET courses by RTOs other than school system RTOs or TAFE NSW is contained on the ACE website.

Non-government schools outsourcing delivery of HSC VET courses to external providers also need to refer to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual or Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

Allocation of indicative hours of credit

Units of competency drawn from Training Packages are not defined in terms of duration. The amount of time required by individual students to achieve competency will vary according to their aptitude and experience. Where a training program is designed for delivery by an RTO, the RTO will specify the length of the training program according to the delivery strategies and/or curriculum resources chosen.

However, for the purposes of the RoSA, VET courses must be described in terms of their indicative hours. For this reason, indicative hours have been assigned to each unit of competency. It is emphasised that the assignment of indicative hours does not imply that all students will fulfil all requirements of a unit of competency within these hours. RTOs may determine that additional or fewer hours are required for the achievement of particular competencies. However, this does not alter the indicative hours allocated, only the delivery hours.

Students may need to spend additional time practising skills in a work environment and completing projects and assignments, in order to fulfil Training Package assessment requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer within VET courses

Students who have current knowledge, skills or experience relevant to a VET course may be granted credit towards the course requirements.

Find out more about arrangements for RPL and credit transfer within VET courses, including processes, application form and examples of possible scenarios.

Students with special education needs

Students with special education needs may access a VET course in one of two ways:

  • by undertaking the course under regular course arrangements, or
  • by undertaking selected units of competency within the course that have been identified through the collaborative curriculum planning process.

For more information see VET courses and students with special education needs and collaborative curriculum planning advice.

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