Life Sciences Grade 12 NSC Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exam Topics and Structure Guide Syllabus

On this page you will find Life Sciences Grade 12 NSC Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exam Topics and Structure Guide from the CAPS syllabus.

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‘Life Sciences’ is the scientific study of living things from molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments. To be accepted as a science, it is necessary to use certain methods for broadening existing knowledge, or discovering new things. These methods must lend themselves to replication and a systematic approach to scientific inquiry. The methods include formulating hypotheses and carrying out investigations and experiments as objectively as possible to test these hypotheses. Repeated investigations are carried out and adapted. The methods and results are analysed, evaluated and debated before the community of scientists accepts them as valid.

Life Sciences Grade 12 NSC Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exam Topics

The examination will consist of two examination papers of 21⁄2 hours and 150 marks each.

Paper 1 Topics:

Term 1:

  • Meiosis
  • Reproduction in Vertebrates
  • Human Reproduction

Term 2:

  • Responding to be environment (humans)

Term 3:

  • Human endocrine system
  • Homeostasis in humans
  • Responding to the Environment (plants)

Term 4

  • Human impact (Grade 11)

Paper 2 Topics:

Term 1

  • DNA: Code of Life • Meiosis

Term 2:

  • Genetics and Inheritance

Term 3 & 4:

  • Evolution through Natural Selection
  • Human evolution

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