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Subject Choice

The school offers the National Curriculum Statements that culminates in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination at the end of Grade 12.

GET (General Education and Training Phase)

The following learning areas are prescribed:

  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language or Afrikaans Home Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (NS)
  • Social Sciences (SS) – includes Geography & History
  • Creative Arts (CA) with two of four electives: Dance, Drama, Music & Art
  • Technology
  • Economic & Management Sciences (EMS) – including Accounting
  • Life Orientation (LO) – including Physical Education.

In addition, Grade 8 pupils are offered Computer Literacy.  From 2018, conversational isiXhosa is offered with the aim of introducing isiXhosa as an alternative First Additional Language in the FET phase.

FET (Further Education & Training)

Fish Hoek High School offers a wide range of subjects for Grades 10 to 12 in order to cater for diverse needs.  Subjects offered are divided into six groups and pupils choose a different subject from each group.   English Home Language, Afrikaans First Additional Language and Life Orientation are compulsory.

Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6
MathematicsLife SciencesGeography
Mathematical LiteracyPhysical ScienceLife SciencesDramatic Arts
TourismMusicEngineering Graphics and Design (EGD)
Computer Applications Technology (CAT)Visual ArtsGeography
Computer Applications Technology (CAT)History
Dance StudiesHospitality
Electrical Technology

Subjects in bold are on the list of designated subjects for which a pupil needs to achieve a minimum of 50% in four of these subjects to qualify for a Bachelor Pass.  Strict selection takes place in subjects for which there is a high demand.  Marks achieved in the Grade 9 June examinations may be used as a basis for selection.  A portfolio of work or attendance at a practical session may be required for dramatic arts, visual art and music.

FET Restrictions & Opportunities

Please note that the WCED has imposed restrictions on changing subjects. In Grades 10 and 11, only two subjects may be changed. The changes in Grade 10 must be completed before the end of July; in Grade 11 by the end of term 1 and, in the case of Grade 12, only one subject may be changed and the deadline is 9 December at the end of Grade 11.

  • Pupils who want to offer electrical technology must also offer mathematics, physical science and engineering graphics and design.
  • Mathematics is compulsory when offering accounting or physical science.
  • It may be possible to take information technology privately or at a Departmental Centre such as at SACS. Pupils may only take either information technology or computer applications technology, but not both.
  • French, German, music 2nd instrument may also be offered privately in certain circumstances, subject to consultation.
  • Certain subjects such as history, EGD or music may be offered as an 8th subject under certain conditions.

The details of the subjects offered are outlined in the subject choice booklet which will be published in July, when the Grade 9s will make their subject choices for Grade 10.

Afrikaans Concession (GET) and Exemption (FET)

Pupils with immigrant status qualify for certain exemptions, depending upon their grade.

Immigrant status may be granted to:

  • pupils who first enrolled in a South African school in Grade 7 or higher;
  • pupils who have attended schools outside of SA for two or more consecutive years after Grade 3 before returning;
  • a child/dependant of a foreign diplomat accredited in SA
  • the pupil must have the relevant documentation from Home Affairs (study permit if a parent is not an SA citizen) and the official documentation from the first school attended in SA

All pupils who qualify for concessions or exemption must apply (via the school) to the relevant GET or FET department for official exemption.

Grades 8 & 9:

Pupils who qualify as “immigrants” must take Afrikaans – and complete all School Based Assessments – but receive a concession from having to achieve the 40% pass requirement (they must pass English with at least 30% and, if achieving less than 30% in Afrikaans, they must pass ALL their other subjects)

Grades 10 – 12:

Pupils who qualify as “immigrants” may take another approved language (e.g. French at an external centre) OR another approved school subject (usually history) which is done with teacher-assistance on a self-study basis.