CAPS

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CAPS (Curriculum & Assessment Policy Statement) is the South African standard curriculum.  Homegrown, in other words.

CAPS is a very structured curriculum, and does tend to be content heavy. There is an enormous amount of material available for this curriculum, along with many and varied curriculum providers.

CAPS consists of four phases:

Foundation (Grade 1-3)

Required Subjects:

  • Mathematics;
  • Life Skills;
  • English Home Language; and
  • First Additional Language.

Intermediate Phase (Grade 4-6)

Required Subjects:

  • Mathematics;
  • Life Skills;
  • English Home Language;
  • First Additional Language;
  • Natural Sciences; and
  • Social Sciences (Geography & History).

Senior Phase (Grade 7-9)

Required Subjects:

  • Mathematics;
  • Life Skills;
  • English Home Language;
  • First Additional Language;
  • Natural Sciences;
  • Social Sciences (Geography & History); and
  • Economic and Management Sciences.

NSC (Grade 10-12)

The NSC (National Senior Certificate) is essentially Grade 10, 11, and 12.  As per the DBE (Department of Basic Education), each grade would need to be completed and passed separately.

A National Senior Certificate will be awarded after successful completion of the NSC Grade 12 examinations. The final examinations in Grade 12 will be administered by an external assessment body, accredited and awarded by Umalusi.

Legislation at the moment dictates that the only way a homeschooler can obtain a NSC is to write exams through an accredited institution. Because of this, I have provided a comprehensive list of institutions and website addresses in my eBook, which you can subscribe to below.

According to DBE, seven subjects should selected in Gr 10: four Compulsory and three Optional subjects.

Compulsory subjects include:

  • 2 of the 11 Official Languages (1 Home Language, 1 Additional Language);
  • Maths or Maths Literacy; and
  • Life Orientation.

Optional subjects include:

  • Accounting;
  • Agricultural Sciences;
  • Business Studies;
  • Civil Technology’
  • Computer Applications Technology;
  • Consumer Studies;
  • Digital Electronics;
  • Dramatic Arts;
  • Economics;
  • Electronics;
  • Engineering Graphics and Design;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Hospitality Studies;
  • Information Technology;
  • Life Sciences;
  • Mechanical Technology;
  • Music;
  • Physical Sciences;
  • Religion Studies;
  • Tourism; and
  • Visual Arts.

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