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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Select, plan and adapt a contextually-relevant environmental learning programme 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13634  Select, plan and adapt a contextually-relevant environmental learning programme 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Environmental Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people working as junior environmental education practitioners in a fairly structured environment where they receive regular supervision. Work contexts may include environmental education centres, heritage sites, community education projects, environmental health and safety training programmes in industry or environmental projects within government departments or the NGO sector.

Candidates will be required to select and plan environmental learning programmes and mediate learning at levels 1 to 4 on the NQF. They will be required to justify learning programme choices in terms of principles of environmental education and sustainable living, as well as in terms of an introductory knowledge of learning theory.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Develop with stakeholders a framework for an environmental learning programme
  • Select a contextually-relevant environmental learning programme
  • Plan, adapt and organise an environmental learning programme 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The candidate will be required to demonstrate an FETC or RPL equivalent in order to gain access to the National Certificate in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice (EETDP) (NQF Level 5), for which this is a core unit standard.

    This unit standard assumes competence in the following EETDP unit standards:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental education principles, processes and methods and their appropriateness in different contexts
  • Review a variety of approaches to learning, teaching and evaluation 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Candidates who have achieved this unit standard may implement an environmental learning programme at levels no higher than their own level of training and experience (e.g. Level 4 on the NQF), unless they are particularly competent within a certain environment or focus area.

    Additional range statements are given below, as they relate to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Develop with stakeholders a framework for an environmental learning programme 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Discuss with stakeholders their expectations of the environmental learning programme. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental focus, aims, outcomes, logistical details, possible curriculum links.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Clarify details of the group requiring the environmental learning programme. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ages/grades, context, learning requirements, intended outcomes, special needs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Draw up a framework for an environmental learning programme with stakeholders. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select a contextually-relevant environmental learning programme 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Describe the learner profile based on information obtained from stakeholders (above). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Outline the intended outcomes, environmental focus and (if necessary) the curriculum relevance of the proposed environmental learning programme. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Introductory knowledge of outcomes-based education and the environmental focus of the learning programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Use this information to select an appropriate learning programme from an existing set of environmental learning programmes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental focus, intended outcomes, educational methods and approaches.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Show clearly how the chosen environmental learning programme is relevant to and appropriate for the learner group. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Draw on the learning programme framework and introductory knowledge of learning theory.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Explain clearly how the selected learning programme fulfils environmental education principles and promotes sustainable living practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Principles of environmental education and sustainable living. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Identify and address own learning needs in terms of the environmental learning programme. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan, adapt and organise an environmental learning programme 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. List the learning outcomes to be demonstrated, making links to the curriculum if necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Adapt the learning programme to suit the particular context and needs of the learners. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Select a range of learning activities that will enable the learners to develop and demonstrate competence in the stated outcomes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Range of environmental education methods and approaches. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Draw up a well-structured and logically sequenced environmental learning programme plan, incorporating aspects of active learning and outlining educator and learner responsibilities at each stage of the programme. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Active learning framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Select and adapt learning support materials required at each stage of the learning programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Plan within a given budget (if necessary), ensuring that the resources required are covered by the available budget. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation and moderation options:

    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Refer to Specific Outcomes 2 and 3 and to the Assessment Criteria contained in this unit standard.

    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes, in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. For the most part, the possession or lack of this knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance.
  • Introductory knowledge of outcomes-based education
  • Principles of environmental education
  • Principles of sustainable living
  • A range of environmental education methods and approaches
  • The active learning framework
  • Knowledge of the environmental focus of the particular learning programme 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.

    Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities.

    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.

    Explore education and career opportunities.


    Develop entrepreneurial opportunities. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  24195   National Certificate: Community Conservation: Practice and Co-ordination  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-04-09  CATHSSETA 
    Core  22901   National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  22902   National Diploma: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  22903   Bachelor of Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2021-06-30  CHE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Assessment and Entrepreneurship Centre 
    2. DELTA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE NPC 
    3. NTI College 
    4. SPS Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    5. THE GMC GROUP PTY LTD 
    6. Ulwazi Training & Development 
    7. Wildlife and Enviroment Society of South Africa 



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