SUBJECT INFORMATION


UITENHAGE HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECT CHOICE INFORMATION FOR GRADES 10, 11 & 12
Requirements for entrance into Bachelor’s Degree

In order to achieve the minimum requirements for admission to a Bachelor’s Degree programme, you need to achieve:

  • Level 4 (50-59%) in four NCS subjects. This may include your Home Language.
  • Three subjects with level 2 (30-39%)
  • A Higher Education Institution (HEI) is entitled to specify an appropriate level of subject achievement for a particular programme.
  • Admission Point Score (APS) allocates point values to seven National Senior Certificate (NCS) subjects.
  • All seven subjects irrespective of whether they are from the designated list are used to calculate your APS.

Subject Change

A learner may change a maximum of two subjects in Grade Ten. The subject change requests will need to be discussed with the HOD in charge of Academics and are subject to approval. The closing date for these changes will be indicated to the learners at the beginning of term one next year – but they are usually at the end of Term 1, end of Term 2 and end of Term 4 in their Grade 10 year.

Please note that Mathematics is required to take Physical Science. Should a learner take Physical Science then change from Mathematics to Mathematical Literacy, she will not be allowed to continue with Physical Science. This is a Departmental ruling.

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ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE/AFRIKAANS HUISTAAL
Compulsory
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AFRIKAANS FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE/ ENGLISH FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
Compulsory
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LIFE ORIENTATION
Compulsory

Afrikaans First Additional Language (FAL)/Afrikaans Huistaal (HT)

Afrikaans is a South African language spoken in many areas of the country. It is a language that is understood by non-mother tongue users more than any other language in South Africa. It has a fairly, simple grammatical structure and a depth of literature.

English Home Language (HL)/English First Additional Language (FAL)

English is an international language. It is a subject that can be used to stimulate discussion, encourage problem-solving, demonstrate democracy, allow spontaneous expression within a disciplined environment and to foster an interest in life and life’s joys, problems and realities.

Description:

Klem op Afrikaans Huistaal word daarop geplaas om die denke en kommunikasie van leerders te verbeter. Voorsiening word veral gemaak vir taalbedrewenheid met klem op lees- en skryfvaardighede.

Learners think mainly in their home language and then translate their thoughts and ideas.

The learning of a First Additional Language enhances bilingualism and intercultural communication.

Difference between Home Language and First Additional Language:

In Home Language (the language of learning and instruction), listening and language skills are further developed and refined and emphasis is placed on developing the learners reading and writing skills.

First Additional Language skills, such as Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing all receive equal attention and focus. The work that is done in the Afrikaans First Additional Language class is practical and useful. It is utterly important that the Additional language learners have a good vocabulary so as to allow for good communication skills to be developed. In First Additional Language focus is place on the expansion of the vocabulary of each learner.

Life Orientation

Life Orientation is the study of the self, in relation to others and to society. It addresses skills, knowledge, and values about self, the environment, responsible citizenship, a healthy and productive life, social engagement, recreation and physical activity, careers and career choices. These include opportunities to engage in the development and practice of a variety of life skills to solve problems, to make informed decisions and choices and to take appropriate actions to live meaningfully and successfully in a rapidly changing society. It not only focuses on knowledge, but participation in physical activity, community organisations and initiative.

What are the benefits of studying Life Orientation?

It is a unique subject in that it applies a holistic approach to the personal, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of learners. It also focuses on physical growth and development, as well as fitness and motor skills. This encourages the development of a balanced and confident learner who can contribute to a just and democratic society and be a productive member of society and the economy. A result of this is an improved quality of life for all.

Accounting

Accounting is more than just a school curriculum subject.

  • Who should consider taking the subject?

We have an easy checklist to see if this career would be of interest to you:

1. Do you want to work with money and finances?

2. Does the world of business fascinate you and could you see yourself making decisions and helping businesses grow?

3. Do the words “variety, entrepreneurship, job opportunities” resonate with you?

4. Do the words “attention to detail and leadership” resonate with you?

5. Do you want to follow a career that allows you continued development and career satisfaction?

6. Does a career that is synonymous with travel, international possibilities, people interaction and creativity, interest you?

  • The subject has an analytical and interpretive approach so mathematical ability (nonverbal) and English language (verbal) competency is required. Learners must have the ability to understand and apply concepts and principles.

  • Those who wish to study any B.Com, B. Bus. Sci. or business/marketing courses and wish to be at an advantage in their first year of study should consider the subject.

Business Studies

Business Studies includes relevant and current theory and practice which is essential for sustaining business enterprises.

The purpose is to put learners in a position where they can effectively apply knowledge and skills to analyze and deal with different business environments, to initiate and carry out business ventures and successfully carry out business operations. Business Studies aims to equip students with a sound foundation to participate in the future business, commerce and management studies at tertiary level, to enter business or to create self-employment.

Computer Applications Technology (CAT)

In a world that is dominated by computer technology, the value of Computer Applications Technology (CAT) is indisputable. A CAT learner will leave school competent in end-user computing, a life skill – and an asset highly sought after and rewarded in the job market.

Apart from the end-user computing, the theoretical component of the CAT syllabus encompasses:

  • Theoretical knowledge on end–user applications
  • Information management
  • System Technologies
  • Network and Internet Technologies
  • Social Implications
  • Solution Development

Who should consider taking CAT?

As every person will make extensive use of computer technology in her working life. It is a subject that is of use to all. Many universities require the inclusion of a compulsory computer literacy course in any degree course. Students with CAT may apply for exemption in this regard. CAT is a recognized subject in the NCS and is therefore also recognized by universities. It is allocated points in the same way as any other subject.

Geography

Geography provides the link between the natural sciences and humanities, creating the overview necessary for one to fully understand and effectively manage our planet, its people and resources. It is the meeting point of many disciplines since all the Earth’s systems whether natural or human, interact across its surface.

Who should consider taking Geography?

  • Those with an interest in the world around them.
  • Those who are interested in careers in Law, Military, Navy, Airforce, Pilot, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Geology, Management; Journalism; Rural and Urban Development; Travel and Tourism, Cartography.

History

“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday” – Pearl Buck

Who should consider taking the subject?

  • Those who enjoy learning about people in society
  • Those who enjoy learning about conflicts between cultures and countries
  • Those who are competent readers and who read with understanding
  • Those who write fluently
  • Those who wish to become: Journalists, Politicians; Lawyers; Teachers; Archaeologists; Archivists; Civil Servants and educated mature citizens.

Life Sciences

The study of Life Sciences enables learners to understand themselves (from a physiological aspect) and the world around them (from an ecological aspect).

Who should consider taking the subject?

Those who are interested in the following career opportunities would find this subject interesting and beneficial.

  • Medicine, including Nursing and all related fields
  • Research industries in Biotechnology and Microbiology
  • Environment fields, including Environmental Law and Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Agriculture

Mathematics

Mathematics is needed for all science and technology careers.

Who should consider taking the subject?

  • Those with an interest in problem –solving who can think in the abstract and reason logically.
  • Those who have shown an ability in Mathematics (60%+ in Grade Nine Mathematics) as a good grounding if the subject is needed.
  • Those who intend pursuing a career path that involves Mathematics or requires Mathematics for entrance to tertiary study AND who have proven ability.
  • Doing Mathematics without being able to achieve a level 4 is not going to open any doors, furthermore, if it is linked to poor performance in a second subject, could result in not being promoted to Grade 11.

Mathematical Literacy

Mathematical Literacy provides learners with awareness and understanding of the role that mathematics plays in the modern world. Mathematical Literacy is a subject driven by life-related applications of mathematics. It enables learners to develop the ability and confidence to think numerically and spatially in order to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations and to solve problems.

They should have an understanding of Mathematics in order to meet the demands of a job, and able to:

  • Deal with work related formulae
  • Read statistical charts
  • Deal with schedules
  • Understand instructions involving numerical components

They should be critical of mathematical arguments presented in the media and:

  • Be aware that statistics can be used to support opposing arguments
  • Be able to follow mathematical arguments in the media
  • While mathematics focuses on the discipline of mathematics, Mathematical Literacy focuses on the role of mathematics in the real world.
  • Only basic mathematics is needed, as new concepts are introduced in Grades 10 and 11.

Physical Sciences

Physical Science is a study of the nature and properties of matter and their interactions. The two branches of Physical Science studied at school level are Physics and Chemistry.

Who should consider taking the subject?

  • Those who have a genuine interest in the Sciences.
  • Those with sound mathematical ability, imperative in order to cope with demands at senior level
  • Those with 60%+ for the Physical Science component of Natural Sciences in Grade 9 senior level.
  • Those who have a strong work ethic
  • Those who intend pursuing studies and careers in fields that require Physical Sciences.
  • These include careers in the Medical field, Engineering and Industrial field; the Pure Sciences fields such as Geology and Climatology; the Biological field such as Biochemistry.
  • However do not choose Physical Sciences to “keep your options open”

Tourism

As people’s leisure opportunities have increased and their demands have become increasingly sophisticated, tourism has developed into one of the world’s most expansive industries, employing increasing numbers of people in related businesses.

Tourism is the study of the expectations and behaviour of tourists, and the economic, social and environmental impact of tourism on South Africa.

Purpose

Tourism orientates and prepares young people for a career in the tourism industry..

Should I take this subject?

If you are interested in tourism, you will enjoy this subject. Work-orientated academic knowledge has become more and more in demand in the labour market – both for new employees and those already in work.

Careers

There are a variety of careers related to this subject including,

  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference and Events Planning
  • Reservations at Accommodation Establishments
  • Information Centre
  • Tour Operator
  • Tourism Development
  • Tour Guide

Economics

Economics is an informative subject that opens our eyes to see the world around us. In this subject we learn about the effect of every dear event, money matters and any seasonal change that affects a country’s economy. We draw graphs and play around with solutions on how the demand and supply of products / services affects our lives and choices. Economics consists of theory, graphs, as well as the application of knowledge to current events. Not only can you learn economics, you must understand it as well.

Value of the subject

If you’re looking for a subject that holds more and more value to you the longer you do it and the more you think about it, you’re in the right place! None of us want to do something for nothing, Economy will always give you value for time. Economy makes you world-wise!

At University level, just about every dear BCom field requires that you take Economics at least as a first semester (6 months) subject, it then covers all your gr. 10-12 work and you are miles ahead. This subject adds value to your future, no matter what profession you choose.

Career opportunities and fields of study

Economics makes it possible for you to choose widely. Not only do you have to jump into the Economics field, but you can choose any field and still use Economics as value.

  • Economists can specialize in banking
  • International trade (online is a well-known one)
  • Investment investments, shares etc.
  • By the government, the central bank, privately and
  • Economists are appointed locally and internationally by the government, the central bank, private and commercial banks, stock market firms and consulting companies.

Positions include analysts, consultants, researchers, brokers and academics

  • BCom field of study: – International trade (online is a well-known one). Possible occupations do include: – Investment (Investments, shares, etc.).
  • Government economy (government). commercial banks, stock market firms


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