Curriculum

Somerset West Private School is well known for its outstanding academic results. We boast a 100% pass rate for 21 consecutive years and in 2016 we were acknowledged for our consistency over a 5-year period in delivering exceptional academic talent for admission into undergraduate programmes at the ‘Top-100 Feeder Schools’ Event’ for the University of Stellenbosch.

Our excellent team of qualified educators have a passion for their subjects and will walk the extra mile with each and every learner to ensure success.Learners are also provided with extra lessons,at no additional cost, throughout the year to ensure constant support and guidance.

The National Curriculum and Assessment Policy (CAPS) is followed in all subject areas with learners receiving the National Senior Certificate (NSC) at the end of their Grade 12 year.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The General Education and Training Phase (Grades 7,8 & 9)

The GET curriculum includes eight learning areas: Languages, Mathematics, Social Sciences (History and Geography), Natural Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Technology, Life Orientation and Creative Arts.

Languages must include a Home Language (English or Afrikaans) and a First Additional Language (English or Afrikaans)

Our Creative Arts syllabus includes Drama and Visual Arts

At the end of each term learners receive an academic report based on the formal assessment tasks completed during that term. This is conveyed by means of a percentage and corresponding rating code for each learning area.

GET PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS

Promotions and progressions requirements for Grade 7 – 9

A learner must offer nine (9) subjects AND achieve the following minimum standards:Level IndicatorsLevel Indicators
Home Language (HL)Level 4 (Adequate Achievement) (50-59%)7 - Outstanding Achievement (80-100%)
First Additional Language (FAL)Level 3 (Moderate Achievement) (40-49%)6 - Meritorious Achievement (70-79%)
MathematicsLevel 3 (Moderate Achievement) (40-49%)5 - Substantial Achievement (60-69%)
Any THREE (3) of the other required subjectsLevel 3 (Moderate Achievement) (40-49%)4 - Adequate Achievement (50-59%)
Any TWO (2) of the remaining subjectsLevel 2 (Elementary Achievement) (30-39%)3 - Moderate Achievement (40-49%)
School Based Assessment of all nine subjects must be completed.2 - Elementary Achievement (30-39%)
School Based Assessment component = 40% ; End of year examination = 60%1 - Not Achieved (0-29%)

The Further Education and Training Phase (Grades 10, 11 & 12)

The FET curriculum is comprised of a minimum of seven subjects, four of which are compulsory.

Compulsory Subjects:

Home Language (English or Afrikaans)
First Additional Language (English or Afrikaans)
Choice of either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Life Orientation

Choice Subjects (of which a minimum of three must be elected to make up the total of seven):

Physical Sciences
Life Sciences
Geography
History
Business Studies
Accounting
Computer Applications Technology
Information Technology
Engineering Graphics and Design
Visual Art
Design
Consumer Studies

At the end of each term learners receive an academic report based on the formal assessment tasks completed during that term. This is conveyed by means of a percentage and corresponding rating code for each subject.

FET PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS

Promotions and progressions requirements for Grade 10 - 12Level Indicators
A learner must offer the following seven (7) subjects and achieve the following minimum requirements:7 - Outstanding Achievement (80-100%)
Home Language: 40%6 - Meritorious Achievement (70-79%)
Two (2) other subjects: learner must achieve a minimum of 40% in each subject.5 - Substantial Achievement (60-69%)
Three (3) other subjects: learner must achieve a minimum of 30% in each subject.4 - Adequate Achievement (50-59%)
School Based Assessment of all seven subjects must be completed.3 - Moderate Achievement (40-49%)
School Based Assessment = 25%; End of year examination = 75%2 - Elementary Achievement (30-39%)
Life Orientation is 100% school based assessment in grades 10 and 11. In Grade 12, the final mark for Life Orientation will be based on the internal assessment and externally set Common Assessment Task.1 - Not Achieved (0-29%)