Subjects - Junior Secondary Curriculum

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Senior Phase (Gr 7 in the Prep and Gr 8 & 9 in the College)

In this phase the classes are generally mixed-ability groups, except in Mathematics where streaming is essential for the development of skills for all learners. Students are expected to take all nine learning areas: English (Home Language); First Additional Language (isiZulu or Afrikaans) (or French for immigrants); Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Human and Social Sciences; Economic and Management Sciences; Arts and Culture; Technology; and Life Orientation.


Career decisions are not one-off affairs. Good career choices are made over a period of time as you mature personally and develop career maturity. The two do not necessarily happen simultaneously. Some people have a level of career maturity and insight to enable them to make sound career choices in their mid-teens while others might make them a fair bit later. Many people try out a number of options before finding out their real career niche in midlife. And then they still change direction later!  

Effective career guidance is essential if you are to make wise and informed career decisions. Most career guidance involves a combination of some psychometric testing with lots of talking, research and practical experience.

At Uplands College we recognise that the “real world” for which students are being prepared is dynamic, with exponential changes happening all the time

The world for which we are preparing our students will not be the same by time they finish school, and even more changes will take place by time they graduate from a tertiary institution.

 Bearing all this in mind we attempt, during a students five years at Uplands College, to equip them with the ability to access information and to make informed decisions, taking them on to the first step of their career path.

To do this, and in collaboration with the Life Orientation Department and the School Counsellor, we have put the following in place:

Grade 8

Students assess and identify their different learning styles: visual, aural, kinesthetic, reading and writing and draw links as to what subjects they would ideally perform in.  They explore the Six career categories: investigative, enterprising, realistic, artistic, conventional and social, while identifying:

  • Interests and abilities related to each career category
  • Thinking and learning skills required by each career category
  • School subjects related to each career category
  • The role of work in relation to South Africa’s social and economic needs

Grade 9

Practical assistance with subject choice.  This takes the form of an exploration of self, what this might mean for a career path and what subjects are necessary or useful for that possible path.  Students complete the IDEAS: Interest Determination, Exploration and Assessement System that help them identify their possible career interest with suggestions as to subject choice options.  During a one-on-one meeting with their teachers, students analyse their results and make sense of their subject choice possibilities.

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