Subject Choice: Life Sciences

Review the content below to help you make a better choice about Life Sciences as a subject


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Life Sciences?

A: Commonly known as “Biology”, but the subject involves more science, applied techniques, ethics and critical thinking skills than the “traditional Biology”. It is not only a “content subject”.

Q: Do I need to take Life Sciences as a subject at school if I would like to study medicine?

A: No, it is not required, but is recommended.

Q: How many examinations are there in Grade 12 Life Sciences?

A: There are three. Two theory and a practical examination. Practical examinations also form part of the portfolio mark (and count about a quarter of the final mark).

Q: Is it a fun subject?

A: It is! Learners enjoy the practical aspects of the subject and enjoy learning about life around them, as well as about how their own bodies function.

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