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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Higher Diploma: Legal Secretary 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
15539  Higher Diploma: Legal Secretary 
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
Advanced Certificate  Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security  Justice in Society 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  245  Level 5  NQF Level 06  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 9900/00  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2026-06-30  

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 is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
101876  Occupational Certificate: Management Assistant  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  316   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provided qualifying learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent legal secretary. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners who register for this qualification should have passed Grade 12.

Recognise prior learning:

INTEC also recognises formal and informal prior learning which learners who register for the programme 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. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
Critical Cross-field Outcomes:
  • Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Communicate effectively using language skills.
  • Stimulate and develop thinking patterns involving creativity.
  • Interpret information from various sources.
  • Use technology effectively and responsibly.

    Specific Outcomes:

    Communication:
  • Ability to identify the major theoretical aspects of communication;
  • Ability to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively via the media and the medium of advertising;
  • Ability to identify barriers to effective communication and demonstrate strategies to overcome such barriers;
  • Ability to prepare and present written information;
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations.

    MS Office Suite:
  • A working knowledge of Windows, Word, Powerpoint, Excel.

    Typequick:
  • The ability to type 55 words per minute.

    Accounting I:
  • Interpret and create financial accounting documents.
  • Reconcile Bank and Creditors.

    Secretarial Office Techniques I:
  • A knowledge of office administration.
  • Familiarity with elements of electronic communication.
  • Knowledge of basic communication techniques.
  • Knowledge of the role of the secretary. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Critical Cross-field Outcomes:
  • Responses show that critical and creative thinking has been used to identify and solve problems.
  • Information is presented logically.
  • Learner shows evidence of critical thought.
  • Learner shows evidence of effective learning.
  • Learner's written skills are effective: comprehensible and logical.
  • Information from various sources is presented in a logical and effective way.
  • Learner can type using a computer keybord.
  • Knowledge of computer packages is demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Specific Outcomes:

    Communication:
  • The major theoretical aspects of communication are identified.
  • An ability to communicate effectively via the media and the medium of advertising is demonstrated.
  • Barriers to effective communication are identified and strategies to overcome such barriers are identified.
  • Written information is prepared and presented.
  • Oral presentations are delivered.

    MS Office Suite:
  • Knowledge of Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel is demonstrated.

    Typequick:
  • The ability to type 55 words per minute is demonstrated.

    Accounting I:
  • Financial documents such s the following are interpreted and created:
    o The Petty Cash book
    o Bills of Exchange
    o Control Accounts
    o Annual financial statements
  • Bank and creditors are reconciled.

    Secretarial Office Techniques I:
  • A knowledge of filing and filing techniques is demonstrated.
  • Business documents are correctly drawn up and filled in.
  • Office processes are correctly documented.
  • Appointments are scheduled electronically.
  • An email package is efficiently used to facilitate business communication.
  • Documents are stored and retrieved electronically.
  • Knowledge of basic communication theory is demonstrated.
  • Language is used to plan, organise and control.
  • The role of the secretary in the business is described.
  • Career opportunities for the secretary are described.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Formal, continuous assessment takes place at the end of a module or block of knowledge. Feedback from the tutor occurs in written form.

    Informal, continuous assessment takes place throughout the learner's studies. Self-assessment will encourage the learner to practice self-evaluation skills. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Not applicable. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
  • Articulation possibilities exist with the South African Institute of Legal Training.
  • The qualifications toward which the graduate may proceed are other managerial qualifications that are not specific to a particular context, and further and/or higher education qualifications. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    A system of second examiners within the institution will be used, together with a system of external examination 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 
    Our own staff will be used as assessors in a manner accommodated within the qualify management system of the institution. 

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

    NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision to re-register all provider-based qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2018. Learners will study the following subjects:
  • Introduction to SA law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Legal Office Practice Management
  • Civil Litigation
  • Debt Collecting
  • Wills and Estates
  • Property Law and Conveyancing

    The subjects above form part of the curriculum. They are offered by the Institute of Legal Training, which has not yet developed the Specific Outcomes. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
    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 



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