Life Sciences

'The scientific study of living things from the molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments.'

'The three main reasons for taking Life Sciences are:

  • to provide useful knowledge and skills that are needed in everyday life

  • to expose learners to the scope of biological studies to stimulate interest in and create awareness of possible specialisations; and 

  • to provide a sufficient background for further studies in one or more of the biological sub-disciplines'  - South African Department of Education CAPS

For the period from Grade 10 to Grade 12, a learner can expect to learn about life at the molecular, cellular, and tissue level; life processes in plants and animals; environmental studies and diversity, change, and continuity.

Life Sciences is compromised of various sub-disciplines and specialisations:

  • Biochemistry

  • Biotechnology

  • Microbiology

  • Genetics

  • Zoology

  • Botany

  • Entomology

  • Physiology

  • Anatomy

  • Morphology

  • Taxonomy

  • Environment Studies

  • Sociobiology

To learn more about the subject of Life Science, visit the South African Department of Education website.

Department of Education