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Senior and FET phase

High school phase: Grade 8 and Grade 9 
Our ethos is governed by Christian values, where learners are encouraged to explore and express their individuality within acceptable boundaries, and ultimately take responsibility for their actions. 

We guide them to follow their hearts and minds to develop into the best people they can be. 

Our dynamic curriculum covers problem-solving, critical thinking and the development of skills and values. Both individual and group work are evaluated. 

Curro Hillcrest produces a community of teenagers who know how to think innovatively, express their ideas and take charge of their own lives. 

Learners are prepared for the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). 



In this phase the CAPS curriculum is implemented, with Mathematics allowing for a more focused and problem-solving approach. The same literacy principles as in previous phases are included in the home language teaching, with a bigger emphasis on language. In the Science and Technology curriculum we focus not only on 21st century technology, but also on nanotechnology and a study of the Da Vinci inventions. This is all done with CAPS and the IEB in mind. 

Grade 8 Subjects
There are FIVE main CORE subjects that all learners must take:

  1. English ( 1st language )
  2. Afrikaans or Zulu   ( 2nd additional language )
  3. Maths
  4. Life Orientation
  5. Computers

Thereafter the learner’s subjects are grouped into learning areas and are semesterised.

1st Semester

2nd Semester

Learning area

Life Science

Physical Science

Natural Science



Social Science


Visual Arts

Creative Arts

Engineering Graphic Design

Consumer Studies



Economic Management Studies

Accounting   &   Bus Studies

Economic Management Studies



They will effectively write end of year exams for all their subjects done in 1st semester and then write off the subjects done in 2nd semester.

So instead of having to study 15 subjects to write in June and November, the learners will then have 10 subjects to learn.

Grade 9 Subjects
Learners are offered a subject choice similar to that which is offered in the FET phase but on a broader scale.

They will ALL take the core subjects of:

  • English
  • ZULU or Afrikaans ( First additional language )
  • Mathematics
  • LO ( including PE )
  • Computer Studies







Life Orientation (including PE)


Computer Studies


Line 1

History, Business Studies, Visual Arts, Physical Science,

Life Science

Line 2

Geography, Drama, Consumer Studies, Physical Science,

Accounting, History

Line 3

Accounting, EGD,  Consumer Studies, Business Studies,

Life Science, Drama, Rem FAL

Line 4

Physical Science, Business Studies, Visual Arts, Geography,

EGD, Rem Maths

Line 5

Life Science, History, Business Studies, Geography,

Consumer Studies, Remedial Eng, Visual Arts

This allows learners to relax some of the constraints of taking 14 subjects, and commit rather to 10 subjects which they can focus on more ardently with more hours per week being afforded to line subjects as well as critical focus areas such as Mathematics.

All subjects taken in grade 9 will be offered for the full year.

FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 12 
In the FET phase, learners make their subject choices. Curro offers learners a wide selection of subjects, enabling them to pursue these further for their chosen careers. Learners are thoroughly informed, enabling them to make wise choices, and are encouraged to include Mathematics and Science. In the FET phase emphasis is placed on thorough preparation for the IEB matric examination.  

We are very aware that, at the end of their school careers, learners need to excel in their matric examination to ensure access to tertiary education institutions and selection for their areas of study. Although we take Grade 10 to Grade 12 very seriously, we realise that a purely examination-driven approach is not the answer. Curro has developed an additional inter-Curro subject-head system to ensure that we have quality assurance across schools. This system extends well beyond examinations and question banks, enabling educators to share resources, teaching ideas and material that can be used on tablets to enhance learning and the development of 21st century skills. 

Subject choice must include: 

  • English home language 
  • Afrikaans/ isiZulu first additional language 
  • Mathematics  
  • Mathematical Literacy 
  • Life Orientation 

Three additional subjects which could include: 

  • Accounting 
  • Business Studies 
  • Life Science 
  • EGD (Engineering Graphics and Design) 
  • Consumer Studies 
  • CAT (Computer Applications Technology) 
  • Physics 
  • Geography 
  • Visual Arts 
  • Drama 
  • IT (Information Technology) 
  • History