Subject Choice: Life Sciences

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


Frequently Asked Questions

1Q: 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".
2Q: 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.
3Q: 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).
4Q: 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.