Academic Overview

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

King Edward VII School is a secondary school that offers the general pathway to obtain a National Senior Certificate (NSC).  This examination is based on a curriculum for Grades 10 – 12.

GRADE 8 & 9 (General Education and Training – GET phase)

The Grade 8 and 9 Learners follow a general course with the following subjects:

  • Home Language (English)
  • 1st Additional Language: Afrikaans or isiZulu
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts & Culture
  • Technology
  • Economic Management Sciences
  • Life Orientation

PASS REQUIREMENTS FOR GET PHASE

Subject Grade 8 / 9
Home Language (English) At least 50%
Mathematics & 1st Additional Language At least 40%
Life Orientation 40% in ANY THREE subjects
Natural Sciences
Social Sciences
Technology 30% in ANY TWO subjects
Creative Arts
Economic and Management Sciences

GRADE 10, 11 & 12 (Further Education and Training – FET phase)

At the end of Grade 9 learners must choose seven subjects for Grade 10 – 12.

Four core subjects (compulsory):

Home Language (English)

  • First Additional Language (Afrikaans or isiZulu)
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation

3 elective subjects from below:

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Visual Arts

PASS REQUIREMENTS FOR FET PHASE

Subject Requirements
Home Language At least 40%
2 x Other Subjects At least 40%
3 x Subjects At least 30%
1 x Subject Fail Complete portfolio of evidence of subject failed to be submitted

CALCULATION OF MARKS

Assessment in Grades 8 and 9:

  • The internal assessment mark allocated to assessment tasks completed during the school year will be 40% and the end of the year assessment mark will count 60% of the total mark.
  • The end of the year assessment must consist of tasks that are internally set, marked and moderated, as specified in the Subject Assessment Guidelines.

Assessment in Grades 10 and 11:

  • The internal assessment mark allocated to assessment tasks completed during the school year will be 25% and the end of the year assessment mark will count 75% of the total mark.
  • The end of the year assessment must consist of tasks that are internally set, marked and moderated, as specified in the Subject Assessment Guidelines.

Assessment in Grade 12:

  • The internal assessment mark will be 25% and the external assessment mark will make up 75% of the total mark, as specified in the Subject Assessment Guidelines.
  • The weighting for assessment in the subject Life Orientation in Grade 12 is an exception.
  • The internal assessment component will be 100% of the total mark. The internal assessment will be externally moderated.

THE NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE (NSC)

Qualifications

In the General Education and Training (GET) phase, Grade 9 is the end of the compulsory phase of schooling. Education in this band aims at providing learners with the basic competencies or a broad foundation of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed for lifelong learning.

A qualification at this level must be registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 1 and will be quality assured by the relevant ETQA (Umalasi).

A Grade 9 qualification will be required for access to Grade 10 at a school.

Minimum NSC requirements for further studies relating to Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor Studies.

Higher certificate pass requirements

  • Must obtain 40% in your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 40% in two other subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for three other subjects.

It is important to note that one of your languages must either be English or Afrikaans to qualify for a Higher Certificate.

Diploma pass requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 40% for three other subjects (Four, including your home language.).
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects.

Bachelor’s degree pass requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 50% for four other subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects.