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What are the Four Compulsory Subjects in Grade 10 -12 in South Africa

On this page, we will gain knowledge on what are the main four compulsory subjects in Grade 10 -12 and also what are the promotion requirements for those compulsory subjects.

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Four Compulsory Subjects


In South Africa, every learner from grade 10 – 12 has to do 7 subjects, of which the compulsory ones are:

  • Home language
  • First additional language
  • Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
  • Life Orientation

Promotion Requirements

According to the Department of Education, learners in Grades 10-12 will be promoted from grade to grade if they have offered and completed the School-Based Assessment, Practical Assessment Tasks, where applicable, oral assessment and end-of-year examination requirements in not fewer than seven (7) subjects as contemplated in the policy document, National Protocol for Assessment Grades R – 12 and the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements of the various subjects:

  1. Achieved 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level, and 30% in three subjects, provided the School-Based Assessment component is submitted in the subjects offered.
     
  2. A condonation of a maximum of one (1) subject will only be applied to a Grade 12 candidate in the final National Senior Certificate examination, if such a candidate requires a maximum of 2%, either to obtain a pass at 30% or 40%. Such a condonation will be applied in only one subject, provided the application of the condonation allows the candidate to obtain the National Senior Certificate qualification.
     
  3. Learners who offer a Music programme from the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music or Trinity College of London or UNISA, must obtain the following ratings:
  • the Associated Board of Royal Schools Practical Music Examination Grade 7: at least 65%.
  • Trinity College of London Practical Music Examination Grade 7: at least 65%.
  • UNISA Practical Music Examination Grade 7: at least 50%.   
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