The subjects you choose before entering the Further Education and Training phase [Grade 10-12] determine, to a large extent, your future career options. It is therefore important to really think long and hard about what your long-term dreams and goals are and use them to guide you on which subjects to choose. Making a career choice is one of the most important decisions a learner makes. It is therefore vital that you have the necessary information and get proper advice before you make such a decision. You also need to get information on careers, qualifications and subjects required.
To help choose your Grade 10 subjects it is important for you to seriously think about what you want to do in life. Examples of the questions you can ask yourself are:
What Subjects are there to choose from?
There is a choice of 25 elective subjects (some of which have been classified as “designated subjects” which are more suitable for tertiary study). Not all the subjects listed in the table are available at all schools. So it is important that you find out what subjects your school is offering and make a choice.
Mathematics OR Mathematics Literacy?
Both mathematics and mathematical literacy are important subjects. Every career involves some level of mathematical literacy. The aim of mathematical Literacy is to develop basic mathematical skills for everyday situations i.e. reading a bank statement, or setting up a budget whereas mathematics involves abstract problem solving. Preparing young people specifically for certain fields requires mathematics. Before making a choice, ask yourself these three questions:
Choose up to 7 Subjects for Grade 10
|1. One home language (please click here for a list of home languages)|
2. One 1st additional language (please click here for a list of additional languages)
3. Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
4. Life Orientation
|From one of the categories below, choose three subjects:|
|HUMAN AND SOCIAL STUDIES||Geography; History; Religious Studies|
|BUSINESS COMMERCE & MANAGEMENT STUDIES||Accounting; Business Sciences; Economics|
|SERVICES||Consumer Studies; Hospitality Studies; Tourism|
|ARTS & CULTURE||Dance Studies; Design; Dramatic Arts; Visual Arts, Music|
|ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY||Civil Technology; Electrical Technology; Engineering and Graphic Design; Mechanical Technology|
|AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE||Agricultural Science; Agricultural Management Practices; Agricultural Technology|
|PHYSICAL MATHEMATICS COMPUTER AND LIFE SCIENCES||Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Computer Applications Technology; Information Technology|
Please note that not all subjects give you access to University studies.
Furthermore, some specific courses need specific subjects.
Please check the entry requirements (subject mix and pass mark) with your Life Orientation teacher or the institution you want to study at.
In the case where you are not sure what career you will follow based on the subjects you have chosen, have a look at the table below.
|Agriculture||Farm manager, Nature conservationist: Horticulturalist, Agricultural Technician, Agricultural Engineer, Farmer, Landscape Engineer, Educator|
|Equine studies||Veterinarian, Jockey, Horse Trainer, Horse Breeder, Horse Rider|
|Civil Technology||Draughtsperson, Shop fitter , Cabinet-maker, Carpenter and Joiner, Plumber, Bricklayer and Plasterer|
|Engineering Graphics and Design||Architect, Electrical Draughtsperson, Mechanical Draughtsperson, Designer (furniture, motor vehicles, aeronautics)|
|Nautical Sciences||Deck Hand, Deck Officer, Harbour Master, Ship’s Mate, Master Captain, Yacht Captain, Navigator, Tug master|
|Mechanical technology||Automotive Technician, Aircraft Technician, Automotive Mechanic, Boilermaker, Earthmoving equipment mechanic, Fitter and Turner, Welder|
|Electrical Technology||Electrician, Auto-electrician, Electrical Fitter, Electrical Draughtsperson, Electrical or Electronics Technician, Electrical or Electronics Technologist|
|Mathematics||Medical Doctor, Teacher, Pharmacist, Physicist, Actuary, Dentist, Town Planner, Astronomist, Engineer, Technologist, Technician, Architect, Scientist, Aeroplane Pilot, Information Technology Specialist|
|Mathematical literacy||Teacher, Plumber, Bricklayer, Welder, Computer Programmer, Bookkeeper, Chef, Social Worker, Sales Executive, Journalist, Business Manager, Caterer|
|Physical sciences||Medical Doctor, Teacher, Pharmacist, Physicist, Actuary, Dentist, Town Planner, Astronomist, Engineer, Technologist, Technician, Architect, Scientist, Aeroplane Pilot, Information Technology Specialist|
|Computer Technology||Database Designer, Information Technology Specialist, Computer Technician, Software Engineer, Computer Programmer|
|Life Sciences||Marine biologist, Microbiologist, Bio-Chemist, Ecologist, Physiologist, Botanist, Zoologist, Pharmacist|
|Economics||Chartered Accountant, Economist, Tax Consultant, Auditor, Stock Broker, Budget Analyst, Business Analyst, Investment Analyst, Market Researcher, Bookkeeper|
|Accounting||Chartered Accountant, State Accountant, Financial Accountant, Bookkeeper, Banking Services, Production Manager, Industrial Buyer, Retail Sales Executive, Systems Analyst, Auctioneer, Chief Financial Office|
|History||Journalist, Public Relations Specialist, Researcher, Tourism Practitioner, Archaeologist, Historian, Legal Practitioner, Politician, Diplomat, Librarian, Marketer, Tourist guide|
|Geography||Environmental Planner, Environmental Journalist, Town Planner, Rural and Urban Planner, Map Maker, Meteorologist, Conservationist|
|Religious Studies||Minister, Social worker, Development worker, Human Rights worker, Researcher, Journalist, Community Service worker|
|Tourism, Hospitality Studies, Consumer Studies||Tour Guide, Tour Information Officer, Flight Attendant, Purser, Restaurant Manager, Hotel Manager, Chef, Bartender, Waitron (restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, fast food outlets, bed-and breakfast establishments), Food and Beverage Manager, Banqueting Manager, Entrepreneur, Product Developer, Events Manager, Travel Agent, Fashion Designer|
|Music||Musician, Singer, Recording Studio Technician, Composer, Music Teacher, Sound Technician, Arts Manager|
|Dramatic Arts, Television Studies and Dance Studies||Actor (stage, TV, movies), Director, TV Producer, TV Announcer, Radio Announcer, Set/Costume/ Lighting/ Sound Designer, Arts Manager, Speech Therapist, Public Relations Officer, Media Relations Coordinator, Dancer, Choreographer, Drama or Dance Teacher, Critic, Dance Administrator, Aerobics Instructor, Dance Therapist, Fashion Show Director|
|Visual arts||Artist, Desktop Publisher, Curator of an Art Gallery, Art Historian, Critic, Arts Manager, Teacher, Video Producer, Photographer, Digital Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Framer|
|Languages||Interpreter, Journalist, Media Broadcaster, Author, Publisher, Editor, Tour Guide, Translator|