SUBJECT CHOICE2019-02-06T08:05:40+02:00

Subject Choice

GET (General Education and Training Phase)

Grade 8 and 9 pupils are considered to be in the General Education and Training Phase. The learning areas are prescribed. In addition, Grade 8 pupils will have Computer Literacy and Conversational isiXhosa.

Grades 8 & 9 – 2019 

All candidates must offer the following:

English Home Language and Afrikaans as a First Additional Language or as Home Language or isiXhosa First Additional Language (Grade 9 only).


Natural Science (NS): Science & Biology

Social Sciences (SS): Geography & History

Creative Arts (CA) with two of four electives: Dance, Drama, Music & Art.


Economic & Management Sciences (EMS) including Accounting.

Life Orientation (LO)

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 should choose a different subject from each group.  In addition, all pupils have to take Life Orientation.

Subjects will only be offered if (a) there are enough applicants to make a class viable and (b) teachers are available. The subject choice for each grade will be retained for the three-year course, as far as possible.

Strict selection takes place in subjects for which there is a high demand.  Marks achieved in the Grade 9 examinations and some form of aptitude or entrance test written before the end of the year may be used as a basis for selection.  A portfolio of work or attendance at a practical session may be required for Visual Art and Dramatic Arts.

In the Further Education and Training (FET) curriculum, seven subjects must be offered with two languages. isiXhosa will be phased in from 2020 in Grade 10 as an alternative First Additional Language.  Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy and Life Orientation being compulsory.

FET Restrictions & Opportunities

  1. Please note that the WCED has imposed restrictions on changing subjects. In Grades 10 and 11, only two subjects may be changed. The changes must be completed before the end of term 1 in the case of Grade 11 and the end of June for Grade 10.  In Grade 12 only one subject may be changed, preferably in December of the Grade 11 year – the final deadline is the 2nd week of Term 1 in Grade 12.
  2. Electrical Technology may only be selected in conjunction with Mathematics, Physical Science and Engineering Graphics & Design (EGD). Pupils may select EGD without having to do Mathematics and Physical Science.
  3. Pupils who want to do Physical Science or Accounting are expected to offer Mathematics.
  4. It may be possible to take Information Technology privately or at a Departmental Centre such as at SACS. Please note that pupils may only take either Information Technology or Computer Applications Technology, not both.
  5. A minimum of 50% achieved in any subject (except Life Orientation) will qualify a pupil for admission to a bachelor’s degree.
  6. Additional subjects must be started in Grade 10 – according to the national policy of the Department of Basic Education, pupils may not start an 8th subject in Grade 11 or Grade 12.
  7. French, German and Music 2nd Instrument may also be offered privately in certain circumstances, subject to consultation.

The details of the subjects offered are outlined in the Subject Choice Booklet which will be published in March when the Grade 9s will make their subject choices for Grade 10.

Afrikaans Exemption

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

Immigrant status may be granted to:

  • Pupils who 1st enrolled in a South African school in Grade 7 or higher
  • Pupils who have attended schools outside SA for two or more consecutive years after Grade 6 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

Grades 8 & 9:

Pupils who qualify as “immigrants” must take Afrikaans – and complete all SBAs – but are exempt from having to achieve the 40% pass requirement (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.

How to Choose your FET Subjects

It is very difficult to indicate briefly the best method of selecting subjects for Grade 10. The following suggestions are offered:

  1. Choose subjects which will ensure general success and in which you have an interest.
  2. Subject to the above, offer Mathematics and a science-oriented subject if possible. This will lead to the greatest flexibility after school.
  3. Consider potential career directions, but remember that these may well change in the coming years.
  4. Seek advice from your current teachers and the staff.
GRADES 10, 11 & 12 - 2019  
1English Home Language
2Afrikaans First Additional Language
3MathematicsMathematical Literacy
4Physical SciencesComputer Applications Technology
Life SciencesTourism
5Life SciencesHospitality Studies
Computer Applications TechnologyMusic
Electrical Technology (Gr 12)Visual Arts
GeographyDance Studies (
Engineering Graphics & Design (Gr 10 & 11)
Dramatic ArtsHistory
Engineering Graphics & DesignHospitality Studies
Electrical Technology (Gr 10 & 11)Visual Arts (Gr 10 & 11)