Curriculum

TECHNOLOGICALLY-BASED EDUCATION

George Campbell School of Technology offers a specialised academic education in which learners follow a technologically-based course. All learners are offered a subject package that can lead to admission to a university, a university of technology, FET colleges or any other form of post-school training.

The need in the new South Africa is for artisans, technicians and technologists and, to a lesser degree, graduate professionals. The courses offered at this School prepare learners for these career options.

Learners who study at George Campbell School of Technology are, therefore, eligible for admission to any technology or non-technological course at tertiary institutions, provided that their particular pass in terms of subjects and grades fulfils the admission requirements of these institutions.

Because the School specialises in technologically-based education, the learner’s level of ability and achievement in Mathematics and Physical Science is of major importance. Those learners who intend training in the Engineering disciplines at a post-school institution must achieve the level in Mathematics and Physical Science as prescribed by the institution concerned. Because of our technical orientation, all learners are required to take Mathematics and Physical Science to Grade 12.

Grades 8 and 9

In Grades 8 and 9, learners follow the CAPS curriculum as they would at all schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The only exception is that more emphasis is placed on Technology at George Campbell.

The subjects offered are:

  • English
  • Afrikaans or isiZulu First Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences (History/Geography)
  • Technology (Engineering Graphics & Design, Workshop Practice, Computer Literacy)
  • Economic Management Sciences
  • Arts and Culture
  • Life Orientation (Counseling, Physical Education)

Grades 10, 11 and 12

All learners take the following compulsory subjects:

  • Home Language: English
  • First Additional Language: Afrikaans or isiZulu
  • Mathematics or Technical Mathematics
  • Life Orientation.
  • Physical Science or Technical Science
  • Engineering Graphics and Design

In addition, learners also study:

  • Computer Applications Theory (Extra Subject)

AND one of the following technology subjects:

  • Civil Technology – Civil Services or Construction or Woodworking
  • Electrical Technology – Electrical (Power Systems) or Electronics or Digital Electronics
  • Mechanical Technology – Automotive or Fitting and Machining or Welding and Metal Work

The selection of the technology subject is made at the end of Grade 9 on the basis of the learner’s achievement in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. The technological subjects each have limits imposed on numbers by factors such as safety and the number of work stations available.

TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS

Civil Technology focuses on concepts and principles in the building environment and on the technological process.  It embraces practical skills and the application of scientific principles.

Electrical Technology focuses on the understanding and application of electrical and electronic principals.

Mechanical Technology focuses on concepts and principles in the mechanical (motor, mining, shipping, rail, power generation, etc.) environment and on technological processes.

Each Technology subject has three electives (areas of specialisation).  Learners would need to select one elective within the chosen technology subject.

Learners may also take Computer Application Technology or Information Technology as an eighth subject and lessons are scheduled at the school after normal school hours.

These subjects do not limit the learners to a technical or engineering career. All learners in Grade 12 are entered for the National Senior Certificate Examinations – the same as written by all other high schools in South Africa. They are able to qualify for entrance into fields of science, commerce, law or the arts at University or a University of Technology.