Grade 9 is time for making subject choices!
Every year, Grade 9 students have to choose the specific subjects they will study until the end of Matric. It’s easy to base your choice on the subjects you like best, or the ones you’re best at! But you need to know that the subjects you choose have a huge impact on what you can study and qualify for after school. So, before you pick Maths Lit (because it’s easier), take a look at some careers and the subjects you need to study them.
Subjects, degrees, and career paths
To qualify for your NSC Matric you will need 7 subjects in total, you also need to get the minimum pass rate for each. These are the compulsory subjects:
- 1 Home Language
- 1 Second Language
- Life Orientation
- Either Pure Maths or Maths Literacy
About maths lit
Many students drop Pure Maths and opt for Maths Lit, but it’s very important to make sure which one is the right one to get you into the university or college course of your choice. Maths Lit uses mathematical concepts and applies them to everyday situations – like buying a house – but it isn’t the same as Pure Maths. Talk to your parents and teachers if you need more information.
About pass rates
Remember: while the minimum pass rate to qualify for an NSC Matric is between 30% and 40%, you will need to pass certain subjects with much higher marks to be accepted at a university. You and your parents can find out what marks you need to qualify for a chosen course – just look up the admission policy of the university you’re applying to.
Which school subjects needed for which career
Here is a table showing various career qualifications and the subject you need for them. Use it as a guide, and if you need help, speak to your parents and teachers.
Subject Group at school (recommended choices in addition to the 4 compulsory subjects)
|Field of Study at university(examples)||Career Paths (examples)|
|Business, Commerce, & Management Studies(Accounting, Business Science, Economics)||
|Services (Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies, Tourism)(FYI, services imply jobs where you help or work for someone, e.g. banking, cleaning, chauffeuring)||
|Arts & Culture (Dance Studies, Design, Drama,Visual Arts)||
|Engineering & Technology (Civil Technology, Electrical Technology, Engineering and Graphic Design, Mechanical Technology) (and Sciences)||
|Agricultural Science (Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural management Practices, Agricultural Technology)||
|Sciences & IT(Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Applications, Information Technology)|
|Human & Social Studies (Geography, History, Religious Studies)||
Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com