High School Subject Information
Throughout the first three phases of education, up to and including Grade 9, the aim of the school is to provide as wide an area of study as possible
so that pupils can discover where their interests and abilities lie. From Grade 10 to Matric,each subject is studied in greater depth, so it is necessary that a certain
amount of specialisation take place. The number of subjects taken is reduced to seven, which means that some choices must be made.
Grade 10 pupils in 2017 will follow the National Curriculum, continuing in Grades 11 and 12, and culminating in a National Senior Certificate (NSC) at the end of Grade 12.
At Thomas More College, pupils will write the matric examinations that are set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).
A major feature of the curriculum is that there is only one grade of study for all. Higher Grade and Standard Grade have been abolished. Another feature is that all pupils
have to do Core Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, and all do Life Orientation as a formal subject.
The NSC promotes the skills of reading, writing and mathematical literacy. It encourages critical thinking and the bringing together of skills, knowledge, attitudes and values
in the learning and teaching process. It also aims at developing people who are ready to participate fully and meaningfully in society.
There is always a tendency among pupils to believe that certain subjects are ‘more fun’ and a ‘soft option’! Only later do they realise that both aptitude and hard work are required.
We feel that while parents must not make their children’s choices for them, they must always act as a balancing, and perhaps sobering, influence on them.
To help you make informed choices, the subjects listed above link to pages that show more detailed information about that subject.
A pupil will be required to choose no fewer than seven (7) subjects made up as follows:
Four Compulsory Subjects
Home Language (English)
First Additional Language (Zulu or Afrikaans)
Core Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Three Choice Subjects:
Three additional chosen subjects, one from each of the following groupings:
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Engineering Graphics and Design
Visual Arts or Design
IT or CAT
1. The regulations stipulate that a pupil may change one or more subjects in his or her Grade 10 year. Any desired changes in Grade 11 will be more difficult to make, and will only
occur in exceptional circumstances, or if it is in the best interests of the child. No changes in Grade 12 will be permitted.
2. Certain subjects will cater for a maximum of 26 pupils, based on ability, due to a single teacher, or group, in the discipline. These include EGD, Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, Design,
IT and CAT. These are allocated in consultation with teachers and parents and, if necessary, pupils.
3. Design and CAT will only be offered if there are enough pupils who select the respective subject. If the numbers selecting these subjects are too few, the parents of those
pupils selecting the subject will be contacted and asked to select another subject.
4. For a pupil to study Physical Science or Accounting, Core Mathematics is a requirement.
5.In order to qualify for a university entrance, pupils have to achieve a minimum of:
Furthermore, each faculty at university has a sub–minimum number of points that applicants are required to meet. Different systems are applied e.g. one such system is the awarding
of points for each symbol that the pupil achieves; 7 points for an “A”, 6 points for a “B”, 5 points for a “C” etc. In conjunction with the points achieved, most faculties also require
for the pupils to have written the National Benchmarking Test (NBT) which is set for the universities, and written by the pupils in their matric year.
- 50% in their home language (English)
- 50% in three other designated subjects
- 40% in the two other subjects
- Life Orientation: Pupils are required to pass Life Orientation; however, different universities and different faculties within each university have different requirements with
regard to Life Orientation results.
Although CAT and Design are offered as full school subjects, they are not classified by the Education Department as a designated subject. Officially, these subjects will therefore
not count towards a university entrance, but if the pupil gains entrance into university with their designated subjects, full points could be allocated for these non–designated subjects.
Again, different universities and different faculties have a different approach to these non–designated subjects with some even treating them as fully designated subjects.
Please read the attached brochure for the policies applied to these subjects by some major universities.