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Career possibilities: Here the sky is the limit. You can choose from nanotechnology to astronomy. But basically all BSc and engineering courses require Physical Science. A good mark for Physics opens many doors to study in these directions.
Themes for grade 10-12 what we cover in the syllabus: As you probably know this subject is divided into Physics and Chemistry. In Physics we study forces and motion in particular. We also look at electricity and electrostatics in more detail. We learn about Mathematical laws that describe how things work. In Chemistry the focus is matter and materials: why things react in the way they do. We study the structure of atoms and the other particles that make up matter and describe the way they react using chemical equations.
What personality type do you need to be successful in this subject: You should above all be inquisitive, wanting to know how things work and why. However you should also be a person who pays attention to detail and someone who does not give up easily. At times the work is challenging and you need to persevere in order to master the content.
Entrance requirements for Grade 10: 50% for Mathematics and 50% for Natural Science
The benefits of this subject: You learn to understand how many things around you work and you learn how to question what you see critically, rather than just accepting what people tell you. You also get the opportunity to carry out many hands-on investigations and experiments which gives you greater insight and appreciation of the real world.
The pass requirements at the end of each year: 40%
Career possibilities: Although for most science degrees, Life Science is not a compulsory subject, it is an excellent subject to take if learners are considering a plant-, animal-, human- or medical science degree.
Themes for grade 10/ what we cover in the syllabus: It focuses on life processes in animals and plants, environmental studies and biodiversity. In Grade 10 we learn in detail how the human heart functions, how to clone plants and animals and the ethical issues around this. You also will do an ecology investigation where you study the interactions between plants and animals in your environment.
What personality type do you need to be successful in this subject: You should above all be inquisitive, wanting to know how living organisms function and why. However you should also be a person who pays attention to detail and someone who does not give up easily. There is a large volume of work to cover, so you need to work hard and consistently.
Entrance requirements for Grade 10: 50% for Natural Science
The benefits of this subject: This subject teaches you scientific process skills, analytical skills, how to preserve our environment and the use of new technologies to improve human lives.
You also get the opportunity to carry out many hands-on investigations and experiments where you work with microscopes, dissect animal organs and practical work with the human body