Academic subject by subject
Senior English (Home Language)
This is a compulsory subject
English is multi dimensional and multi faceted.
externally (stimulates interest in global events)
internally (fosters introspection)
socially (facilitates effective communication)
It exposes students to culture (novels, plays, films, newspapers and other texts) and fosters critical assessment of texts, productions and presentations.
It enhances higher-order thinking skills – (you can think it if you have the word for it). It underpins every other subject in the curriculum.
It challenges us and enables us to question our long-held beliefs and the dogma imposed on us by others.
Language is power – great politicians and orators throughout history have used skills learnt in English to strengthen their positions.
A command of English impacts on one’s image, one’s social standing and one’s career prospects.
We teach learners to interpret, comprehend, produce and challenge any given text, every day.
A 50% pass is prerequisite for every field of study at a tertiary institution.
NOTE: A learner’s level of competence in English will affect performance in all other subjects, as it is the medium of instruction. If competence in English is poor, chances are that marks in other subjects will mirror this. ENGLISH IS A STUDY SUBJECT.
TO EXCEL, ONE MUST READ DAILY.
Senior Afrikaans First Additional Language
In the past this subject used to be called “Afrikaans Second Language”. This somehow demeaned the subject and made it sound “second class” or even “second-hand!
The reason for taking “Afrikaans – First Additional Language” is that it is compulsory to have two languages in Grade 12, in order to qualify for a senior certificate.
People say “I don’t need Afrikaans, because I can get by with just English.” This may be true, but knowing Afrikaans as well as English has many benefits.
1. In business: It is not only courteous but also advantageous to deal with Afrikaans clients or businessmen in their own language. It will earn their respect and may benefit your wallet.
2. At University or other institutions for further study: when researching a topic, some sources may be available only in Afrikaans and knowing the language will definitely ensure a better-balanced end result.
3. Socially: A circle of friends does not always consist of English-speakers only. Being able to communicate in Afrikaans makes people regard you with more respect.
So, STUDY Afrikaans in a positive light and make the most of it and the advantages of knowing and using Afrikaans will far outstrip the apparent difficulty of mastering the language!
The objective of teaching a First Additional Language to non-speakers is to enable people to communicate with others in another language other than their mother tongue. Knowledge and understanding of the culture is also an important part of the curriculum. This enhances nation building. For mother-tongue speakers, learning more about the language will help to instil love and respect for the culture.
In the course of learning to speak the language, learners will also acquire the terminology used in Economics and Technology.
The ability to speak an additional language will open doors to many career opportunities.
YOU MUST DO EITHER AFRIKAANS OR ZULU
Promotion requirements for the Languages: 50% for each language
Life Orientation, a compulsory subject, is an extremely important subject in ensuring the holistic development of the learner.
Life Orientation, requires learners to have an inquiring mind and an existing awareness of other people, cultures and religions.
Life Orientation brings a number of life skills such as: community service, practical projects, self-awareness, empathy for others and charity work. In addition, learners are exposed to current issues and are required to question, argue and debate these issues in order to develop a growing sense of identity and a sense of belonging to an increasingly demanding society.
Life orientation is a compulsory subject which will determine whether you gain entrance into university; however, is not assessed by means of an examination. A comprehensive portfolio comprising of portfolio work and certificate courses for at least three additional courses must be submitted.
A MATRIC CERTIFICATE WILL NOT BE ISSUED BY UMALUSI IF THIS PORTFOLIO DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIRED STANDARD.
Mathematics enables creative and logical reasoning about problems. It provides the pupils with rules to analyze situations and make arguments, to make and justify critical decisions and to engage in socio-economic relations. Mathematics is an essential element in the subject choice of any learner who intends to pursue a career in Physical, Mathematical, Computer, Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences and Technology.
• There are no longer Higher Grade and Standard Grade options.
• New areas of the FET are Data Handling, Probability, Finance, Transformation Geometry and Patterns.
• The pupil has to be able to exercise higher order thinking. Thus the pupil is required to investigate and make conjectures, solve problems based on real-life situations and use mathematics to critique arguments.
• Pupils wanting to take Mathematics must:
Be self-disciplined and able to concentrate on their school work
Be motivated in order to achieve their full potential
Spend at least 30 minutes at home completing and revising concepts covered in class
Have a minimum of 50% for Mathematics in Grade 9.
Senior Mathematical Literacy – (not offered in Gr 10 until Term 3 in 2016)
Gr 11 -12 Mathematical Literacy provides pupils with an awareness and understanding of the role of Mathematics in the modern world. It enables the pupil to develop the ability to think numerically and spatially. In the past, learners who struggled with the subject usually stopped studying Mathematics at the end of Grade 9. Thus many people in South Africa have low levels of numeracy. In everyday life a person is continually faced with Mathematical demands. These demands relate to financial issues such as hire-purchase, mortgage bonds and investments and there are others such as the ability to read a map, estimate and calculate columns, understand house plans, etc.
Pupils wanting to take Mathematical Literacy must:
Be intending to study a discipline which is not Maths based
Have good reading and comprehension skills as Mathematical Literacy is context based.
YOU MUST CHOOSE EITHER MATHS OR MATHS LITERACY
Senior Advanced Programme Mathematics
Veritas College has introduced the Advanced Programme Mathematics (AP Maths) as an additional subject in Grade 10. This subject enhances Mathematical creativity and logical reasoning about problems in the physical and social world. It is an extension and challenge for learners who demonstrate a greater than average ability in mathematics. Pupils with 75% or more at the end of grade 9 may choose this subject.
This subject is internationally benchmarked at the same level as “A Levels”, so overseas universities accept it for entrance to Medicine, Science and Engineering.
As an additional eighth subject the learners are expected to do 80% of the work in their own time.
ACCOUNTING IS A LIFE-LONG SKILL.
1. Accounting develops the logical thought processes and analytical ability of learners in order that they may be able to apply basic principles to new and unfamiliar situations.
2. Accounting encourages a systematic approach to the solution of problems.
3. Accounting contributes to the formative education of learners by developing characteristic discipline such as neatness, orderliness, thoroughness, accuracy and sound judgment.
4. Accounting develops the learners’ understanding of and adaptation to their social environment, by the meaningful interpretation of accounting information which they encounter in their futures.
5. Accounting equips pupils with knowledge of concepts, principles and procedures taking into account GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practice).
6. The Accounting Department cultivates in pupils an understanding and appreciation of the value and importance of accounting for personal uses, as a preparation for a career and as an incentive to further study.
7. We sharpen the pupils’ insight into Accounting and management principles.
Conditions and requirements for choosing
Accounting as a subject in grade 10:
1. In grade 9, Learners must pass Mathematics with at least 60%, as well as EMS with at least 60%.
2. Learners doing Maths Literacy in grade 10 may not choose Accounting.
Senior Business Studies
Business Studies encompasses relevant and contemporary theory and competence, essential for promoting excellence and contributing towards sustainable business enterprises. It embraces constitutional goals and objectives through promoting accessible, legitimate and entrepreneurial business opportunities. The subject also provides opportunities for learners to consider present-day challenges within the South African policy framework. Skills such as decision making, problem solving, creative thinking, systems thinking, and effective communication in a competitive and constantly changing environment are critical to this subject.
This subject has the following core features:
Business environment: This feature focuses on the different elements of the macro, micro and market business environments as well as the complex and diverse nature of business sectors.
Business ventures: This feature focuses on the development of important factors that contribute towards the creation of sustainable business enterprises. A key feature is the development of creative entrepreneurs who can identify and responsibly pursue productive business opportunities.
Business roles: This feature covers the essential roles that learners need to perform in a variety of business contexts e.g. problem solving, team dynamics, decision making, ethics, stress management and corporate social responsibility.
Business operations: This feature should equip learners with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage essential business operations such as human resources, public relations, marketing production. These need to be developed within the relevant legislation and contemporary issues.
It is essential that learners realize that this subject extends far beyond the scope of a text book and must keep abreast of daily financial activities via newspapers, financial magazines, and financial discussions on TV.
Senior Computer Applications Technology
This subject prepares learners for the world of technology.
CAT focuses on computer packages, the interaction between packages, networking, file management, legal, ethical and security issues, the impact of technologies, applications and research.
Not only will learners become very familiar with available packages but they will also learn to collect, organize, process and present information using the computer.
It is an exciting, vibrant subject that will ensure that you are able to cope in a technological world with ease.
This course covers Java as the programming language. Currently there are five provincial education departments who prescribe Delphi and four who prescribe Java.
In Information Technology, a learner learns how to use the computer to communicate, how to programme it to do new tasks and the learner is taught how the computer works. The subject is designed to address the skills shortage in our country and could have great career opportunities for a successful candidate in the future.
Information Technology focuses on activities that deal with the solution of problems through logical thinking, information management and communication. It also focuses on the development of computer applications using current development tools. The subject develops awareness and an understanding of the social, economic and other implications of using computers.
I.T. has four Learning Outcomes:
Hardware and System Software
Social and Ethical Issues
Programming and Software Development
Geography is the study of people and the environment – the world around us. It is valuable because all of us are affected in some way by the geographical features of the globe.
Geographers are concerned with problem-solving and see any issue in terms of its elements. They ask four key questions in an attempt to fully understand the nature and impact of the issues: “What and Where?, ” How and Why?”, “What Impact?” and “How Ought?”. The subject develops the skills of reasoned opinion- making and critical argument.
Geography is useful in a variety of occupations and careers that require skills of process thinking. Ready employment is found in state departments and in the private sector. Tertiary study is very accessible through many courses such as environmental studies, urban planning/ community development, cartography, GIS specialist, climatology, transportation management, environmental management, writer/researcher, marketing, real estate and so on.
If you are considering a future in teaching, the media, law, scientific pursuits, conservation or wildlife work, agricultural research or planning, travel, or politics, then Geography is for you.
LEARNERS MUST BE PREPARED TO READ AND TO MAINTAIN AN INTEREST IN THE MEDIA TO MONITOR CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS
“History is bunk!” – Henry Ford
In fact nothing could be further from the truth!
In the past History at school level consisted of memorising select periods from the past. This involved no thinking on the learner’s part. The mark awarded was a mere reflection of anyone’s ability to cram as many facts into their heads as possible.
At last History has been restored to what it should be – a subject not only centred around knowledge but with an emphasis on trying to understand the past and interpreting the past using a variety of skills.
In the past these words were commonplace in the History class:
Give, Name, Describe, Explain and Identify.
Today we use:
Interpret, Evaluate, Analyse, Compare, Contrast, Synthesis, Debate, and Draw conclusions.
Perhaps the most important is being able to plan and construct arguments based on evidence. This is a skill that will stand you in good stead throughout life.
Why is it that Lawyers overseas have to major in History? For one … It makes you think, reason, debate, communicate. The list is endless.
The skill also enables you to think logically and analytically.
History – clearly the academic’s choice.
Senior Hospitality Studies
This subject covers theoretical and operational aspects of food and beverage production and service, incorporating the principles of safety, hygiene and environmental awareness. It provides learners with an understanding of the various sectors and diverse contexts that comprise the hospitality industry.
This subject offers wonderful career opportunities in the tourist trade, 5 star hotels, game lodges, coffee shops, bed and breakfast establishments, guest houses as executive chefs, front office-bookings and Auditing, Hotel housekeeping, banqueting manager and interior design. Hospitality studies also fosters a sense of entrepreneurship.
Hospitality studies is very useful and practical in everyday life. There will always be a necessity to be able to cook and to entertain and can therefore be a subject of interest and enjoyment.
“Life Sciences”, formerly called Biology is a subject which is needed by and which appeals to many learners, for the following reasons:
It is recommended, although not compulsory, for anybody choosing a career in the medical field;
It is required in order to study a career in game-ranging, forestry, nature conservation and ecotourism;
It is extremely interesting, especially the sections on human anatomy and physiology, as it is relevant to everyday life for people of all ages;
It is relevant and tangible – we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch life around us every minute of the day;
It teaches the youth about vital issues which are current or topical e.g. Stem – cell technology, global warming, DNA and forensics, conservation and ecotourism.
In addition to all of the above, I would also recommend “Life Sciences” for the variety of life skills it teaches our children.
Recording skills By means of charts, tables, diagrams and graphs.
Manipulative skills Handling apparatus during practicals.
Procedural skills Covered in experiment work.
Inference skills Covered in calculations, interpretations and drawing conclusions.
Investigative skills Using the “Scientific” method to investigate hypotheses and to work with variables.
Evaluation skills Covered in experiments and in safety aspects of lab work.
Life Sciences is an exciting, living subject.
Senior Physical Science
1. It is required in many careers
A. All health sciences e.g.
i. medicine, surgery, nursing
ii. Biotechnology, optometry
iii. Dentistry, chiropractic’s, dietetics
iv. Radiography and physiotherapy
v. Veterinary sciences
vi. Clinical technology
B. Pilot and navigational training
C. All engineering disciplines, mechanical, civil, chemical, biomedical, electrical and metallurgy
D. ICT Industry e.g. Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology.
E. Sport management and technology (recommended)
F. Geology, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Astronomy, Hydrology
2. Interacting with and studying the Physical Sciences has numerous positive effects on people.
A. Increases logical thinking.
B. Increases general knowledge of natural phenomena
C. Increases people’s observational skills regarding everything around us
D. Keeps you asking “WHY?”
E. Improves interaction between people due to practical work.
F. It assists in understanding other subjects’ content better e.g. Maths, Accounting, Hotel and Biology.
3. Applying the Scientific method helps with the analyses of everyday situations in the sense that hypotheses are formulated, observations are made, interpretations and conclusions are drawn.
4. However, in order to be successful in Physical Science you need to have the following qualities:
A. Diligence – you need to work constantly
B. Self-discipline, well organised
C. Intrinsic motivation
D. Numerical skills
E. Analytical and interpretation skill
DUE TO AN INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF WORK AND LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, A GRADE 9 LEARNER SHOULD OBTAIN AT LEAST 55% FOR NATURAL SCIENCE AND AT LEAST 50% IN MATHS IN ORDER TO DO THIS SUBJECT IN GRADE 10. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS THAT LEARNERS WHO DID NOT OBTAIN 55% AND WHO WERE ALLOWED TO CARRY ON DOING PHYSICAL SCIENCE DROP THE SUBJECT DURING GRADE 10 OR 11 AS A RESULT OF THEIR NOT COPING AND NOT PASSING PHYSICAL SCIENCE.