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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Certificate: Farming for Smallholders 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
14752  Certificate: Farming for Smallholders 
ORIGINATOR
Intec College 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
QCTO - Quality Council for Trades and Occupations  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The primary purpose of the qualfication is to provide knowledge and skills qualifying learners with the ability to grow, manage, harvest and sell produce in order to turn a smallholding or backyard into a profitable farming venture. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners who register for this qualification should demonstrate:
  • The ability to express themselves clearly and correctly both orally and in writing in English
  • The ability to apply numerical skills, including basic arithmetic (add, subtract, divide, multiply)
  • A basic interest or experience in the practice of farming for smallholders
  • Competence at Grade 10 or equivalent level.


    RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

    This qualification recognises, through the submission of portfolios of evidence, the formal/nonformal/informal prior learning which learners who register for the programme leading to the award of the qualification bring to the learning situation. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification may be achieved in whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning (Regulation 8 (1) (h). 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Critical Cross Field Outcomes:

    1. Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
    2. Interact effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community.
    3. Organise and manage one's time and activities responsibly and effectively.
    4. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    5. Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and or language skills in the modes of oral and or written presentation.
    6. Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.


    Specific Outcomes:

    Demonstrate an ability to:

    1. Apply effective farming techniques for South African conditions.
    2. Understand and implement suitable farming practices.
    3. Identify the most economically viable crops to farm.
    4. Know how to farm a variety of crops profitably.
    5. Develop land into a valuable asset.
    6. Evaluate and improve your soil.
    7. Use fertilizers, synthetic and yard manure and compost.
    8. Rotate vegetable crops.
    9. Plant, develop and maintain fruit trees and flowers.
    10. Protect and store crops - spray and powder against insects and parasites.
    11. Raise animals on a smallholding.
    12. Do basic bookkeeping and
    13. Know the basics of producing, selling, creating new markets and finding new clients. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Assessment Criteria for Critical Cross-field Outcomes:

    1. Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
    2. Participating as reasonable citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
    3. Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive to the relationship between a range of different contexts.
    4. Exploring education and career opportunities.
    5. Developing skills and entrepreneurial opportunities.


    Assessment Criteria for Specific Outcomes:

    1. Vegetable farming
    2. Orchard and flower farming
    3. Bookkeeping in smallholding
    4. Animal husbandry
    5. Marketing and marketing tools
    6. Bee farming
    7. Farming specific vegetables, flowers and fruit: loganberries, raspberries, anemones, buttercups, herbs, asparagus, carrots, dwarf beans and lettuce.


    INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT

    Continuous assessment:

    The learner's ability to integrate the elements of the programme is assessed through tasks, activities and self assessments.

    Formative and summative assessments:

    Learner competency is assessed through tests, practical tasks conducted under supervision, portfolio assignments, reports and case studies. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Similar to courses offered by International Correspondence Schools (ICS), USA 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
  • The learners will obtain credits that enable them to exit at a FE & T national certificate level.
  • This qualification will be able to articulate with other qualifications in the sub-field, which can be determined once the other qualifications have been registered.
  • Exit level outcomes articulating with other qualifications are as specified above. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Asystem of tutor moderation of the learning programme within the institution will be used, together with a system of external moderation of the assessment criteria and learner competency at exit levels to the qualification. Where professional or statutory bodies are involved in determining the curriculum, they will also be involved in moderation. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Staff contracted by INTEC will be used as assessors in a manner accommodated within the quality management system of the institution. This would apply to outside assessors also. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2006; 2009; 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    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. Damelin Correspondence College 
    2. Intec College 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.