Impaq Online School: Grades 10 to 12


Enrolment and Subject Information

We can’t wait to be part of your online learning journey but before registering with the Impaq Online School, please take note of the following important information:

You will need the following:

*Please take note of the device and software specifications that you will need. If you register after the start of the first term, you will need a valid report card from the previous educational institution.

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With which assessment body will I be registered?

  • All Grade 10 to 12 Impaq Online School learners are registered with the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI), the assessment body for distance education. SACAI is quality assured by Umalusi, who issues the National Senior Certificate (NSC) to all learners who successfully complete their high school careers.
  • It is important to know that even though the DBE and IEB are both assessment bodies that are also accredited by Umalusi, SACAI does not always follow the same calendar as the other assessment bodies or make the same changes to the curriculum.
  • Registration with the Impaq Online School and SACAI means that you are enrolling for distance education.

Can I register with the Impaq Online School if I did not previously follow the CAPS curriculum?

  • Yes, but if you want to register with the Impaq Online School for Grade 11, you may be required to write an entrance examination.
  • A certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is required to qualify for the entrance examination, confirming the equivalency of the report from the previous institution.
  • The application is subject to approval by the Impaq Online School and SACAI.

How do I apply for accommodations and exemptions?

  • If you experience barriers to learning, you may apply for special accommodations and/or exemptions, provided that the necessary proof is submitted.
  • Applications are subject to approval by SACAI.
  • Account holders/guardians of learners with approved accommodations or exemptions will be required to appoint a separate invigilator, reader or scribe (where relevant) for all tests and examinations at their own cost.
  • Requests must be submitted to by 01 May 2024.
  • Please note: No new applications for accommodations and/or exemptions submitted for the first time in Grade 12.


The Impaq Online School’s products and services are aligned with the national curriculum (CAPS). Please take note of the subject requirements for successfully completing the FET Phase and qualifying for the National Senior Certificate (NSC), as well as requirements for specific subjects.

FET Phase learners have four compulsory subjects, including Life Orientation, one Home Language, one First Additional Language, and either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.

Lesson material and the language of instruction for these subjects can be selected as either English or Afrikaans. Some subjects are, however, available only in English. These are indicated in the sections below.

The Impaq Online School does not currently offer any subjects not listed here.



  • Afrikaans Huistaal
  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal
  • English First Additional Language
  • isiZulu First Additional Language

Please note:

  • It is compulsory to take at least one Home Language and one First Additional Language.
  • The same language may not be taken as a Home Language/ First Additional Language.
  • The language of instruction must be the same for all subjects taken through the Impaq Online School.


Home languages focus on reinforcing the learner’s cognitive academic skills and developing literary, aesthetic and imaginative skills. This will enable the learner to describe, recreate and understand his/her world using critical thinking. It includes:

  • Listening and speaking: Specific information, critical analysis and evaluation, appreciation and interaction.
  • Speaking includes the oral tasks for the year.
  • Reading and viewing: Interaction with visual texts, vocabulary development, sentence construction, organisation of texts, literary texts and understanding.
  • Writing and presenting: Planning, writing a concept, reviewing, proofreading and presenting.
  • Language structures and conventions.

FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES (Afrikaans, English and isiZulu)

The objective of first additional languages is to facilitate communication skills. The learner is taught to be comfortable with the language as a medium of instruction and learning, to understand it, and to use it. It includes:

  • Listening and speaking
  • Reading and viewing
  • Writing and presenting
  • Language structures and conventions


Life Orientation (LIO) is a compulsory subject for all Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners.

Life Orientation guides and prepares learners for life and its possibilities and enables them to live meaningfully and successfully in a rapidly changing and transforming society. Life Orientation also guides learners in making informed decisions about their health, environment, subject choices, further studies, and careers.


Learning areas include:

  • Development of the self in society
  • Social and environmental responsibilities
  • Democracy and human rights
  • Careers and career choices
  • Study skills
  • Physical Education


Mathematics is a compulsory subject for South African learners in the FET Phase. Learners may choose between Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. Learners may not choose both subjects – they must select one or the other.



  • The use of elementary mathematical content.
  • Original true-to-life context of Mathematics.
  • Solutions of familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Decision-making and communication.
  • The use of integrated content and/or skills to solve problems.
  • The focus is on how to approach the problem and how to solve it.


  • Numbers and calculations with numbers
  • Patterns, relationships and representations
  • Finances
  • Measurements
  • Maps, plans and other representations of the physical world
  • Data handling
  • Probability


A non-programmable scientific calculator.

PRO: Mathematical Literacy enables learners to use numbers to solve real-world problems and equips them with the ability to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations.

CON: Depending on the career path chosen, it may be more challenging to get accepted into specific university degree courses such as accounting, medicine, engineering, physics, chemistry, veterinary sciences and information technology.


Mathematics (MAM) is the study of numbers and shapes and the relationships between them. It is a language that attempts to describe the world in abstract terms that can be modified and, therefore, often simplified in this language. Therefore, one can give the learner of Mathematics insight, circumspection, foresight, and a measure of control in those areas of reality that can be so described.


  • Algebra
  • Functions and graphs
  • Calculus
  • Number patterns
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Analytical geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Euclidean geometry
  • Measurement

PRO: Mathematics is one of the most important subjects for university degree purposes for two reasons: It forms the basis for most scientific degrees and is fundamental to most commercial degrees. It is one of the most challenging subjects, and learners who perform well in Mathematics show evidence of hard work and insight into critical thinking and problem-solving. Mathematics, however, is not only taught to prepare learners for university but rather to teach learners invaluable cognitive skills that can be applied to almost any sphere of life.

CON: As learners of Mathematics are provided with the opportunity to develop their insight, circumspection, foresight, and a measure of control in areas of reality that can be so described, it can become challenging in a number of ways. The need for additional assistance, for example, a tutor might be required to master the subject.


A non-programmable scientific calculator.
Recommended: Casio fx-991




Accounting is concerned with the completion of source documents for sole proprietors up to the completion of financial statements of small businesses, partnerships, public companies, and manufacturing companies. Complete accounting records are completed from Grade 8 to 12.


  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Internal auditing and control

Please note: It is highly recommended to take Mathematics with Accounting.


A non-programmable scientific calculator.


Business Studies builds on the basic skills and concepts that are taught as part of Economic and Management Sciences in Grades 8 and 9. It is a very practical subject and relates directly to the real business world and current affairs. Learners are expected to read newspapers, watch the news, and carry out practical work such as analysing articles and case studies, running entrepreneurial businesses, compiling their own CVs, practising their interviewing skills, studying the art of marketing, and learning more about the practical components surrounding production.


  • Business environments
  • Business ventures
  • Business roles
  • Business operations


Physical Sciences investigates physical and chemical phenomena, which is done through scientific inquiry and application of scientific models, theories, and laws to explain and predict events in the physical environment.



  • Mechanics
  • Waves, sound and light
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Matter and materials (Physics focus)


  • Matter and materials
  • Chemical systems
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Chemical change


A scientific calculator is compulsory.


Practical activities are an integral part of the teaching-learning process of Physical Sciences. The practical work is integrated with the theory and strengthen the concepts of teaching. Practical work may take the form of simple, practical demonstrations or an experiment or practical investigation that can be done with household appliances and chemicals where possible; however, experiments can only be done with scientific apparatus and chemicals that might result in additional costs.

Please note: It is compulsory to take Mathematics with Physical Sciences.


Visual Arts refers to a broad field of creative practices that involve the hand, the eye, the intellect, and the imagination in conceptualising and crafting two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks that reflect the aesthetic, conceptual and expressive thinking of individuals or groups.

Visual Arts offers learners a way to meaningfully engage with and respond to their world. It provides opportunities to stimulate and develop learners’ intellect, engaging their creative imagination through visual and tactile experiences and the innovative use of materials and technology in the realisation of their ideas.

The above provides the basis for learners to develop an individual visual language and line, which is informed and shaped by immersion in the visual culture of the past and present. Learners acquire the capacity to make practical and aesthetic decisions in the development of a coherent body of work and become actively involved in shaping physical, social and cultural environments.

Learners must only choose this subject if they have a love for drawing, painting and creating and have some degree of technical ability and talent. This is a practical subject that may involve additional costs.


  • Conceptualising through development and realisation of creative ideas.
  • Making creative artworks, managing the process and presenting them with safe practices.
  • Emphasising visual literacy


Geography is the science that involves the study of human and physical environments, as well as spatial patterns on Earth in an integrated way. Through Geography we can better understand our complex world we live in. In Human Geography, we investigate the activities and impact of people on Earth. In Physical Geography, we examine natural processes and features, including the atmosphere, landforms, and ecosystems. Geographical concepts are unified by geographical skills and techniques and examines topographic maps, aerial photos, orthophoto maps, GIS and synoptic weather maps.


  • Human Geography – Activities and impact of people on Earth
  • Physical Geography – Examines natural processes and features
  • Mapwork – Geographical skills and techniques


  • Place
  • Spatial processes
  • Spatial and distribution patterns
  • Human and environmental interaction


  • A non-programmable scientific calculator.
  • Mathematical instruments, e.g. The Helix Oxford Set of Mathematical Instruments.
  • A world atlas.


Information Technology is the study of various interrelated physical and non-physical technologies used in the capturing of data, the processing of data into useful information, and the management, presentation, and dissemination of data. Information Technology studies the activities that deal with the solution of problems through logical and computational thinking. It includes the physical and non-physical components for the electronic transmission, access, and manipulation of data and information.

All aspects of programming in Delphi are covered, as well as the development of databases.


  • Solution development
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Communication technologies
    • Internet technology
    • Data and information management
    • Social implications


      Learners will require constant access to a computer due to the fact that a major part of Information Technology comprises programming, and learners will spend a considerable amount of time working on a computer. Internet access is required. Please refer to the device and software requirements for more information.

      Please note:

      • Information Technology is available only in English.
      • It is highly recommended that learners take Mathematics with Information Technology.


      Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses, governments, and other organisations within our society choose to
      use scarce resources to satisfy their numerous needs and wants in a manner that is efficient, equitable, and sustainable.


      • Macroeconomics
      • Microeconomics
      • Economic pursuits
      • Contemporary economic issues


      Engineering Graphics and Design teaches internationally acknowledged principles that have both academic and technical applications. The emphasis in EGD is on teaching specific basic concepts, as well as various drawing techniques and skills so that EGD learners will be able to interpret and produce drawings within the contexts of mechanical technology, civil technology and electrical technology.


      • Drawing principles
      • Free-hand drawings
      • Setting up of a drawing sheet
      • Geometrical construction
      • Scales
      • Orthographic projections
      • Descriptive geometry
      • Solid geometry
      • Mechanical drawings
      • Civil drawings
      • Isometric drawings
      • Perspective drawings
      • Electrical drawings
      • Interpenetration
      • Developments
      • Loci of a helix, cams and mechanisms
      • The design process
      • Computer-assisted drawings (CAD) (optional)


      • A3 drawing board with T-square
      • Masking tape
      • 0.3 or 0.5 clutch pencil (pacer) with 2H lead
      • Eraser (soft and white)
      • Ruler/Scale ruler
      • 30˚60˚ Set square (NB: NOT A MATH SET’S SET SQUARE)
      • 45˚ Set square (NB: NOT A MATH SET’S SET SQUARE)
      • Drawing compass with an adjustment wheel (NB: NOT A MATH SET’S COMPASS)
      • Circle stencil
      • French curves OR flexi curve/ruler
      • Divider (can be bought with a drawing compass as a set)
      • Small protractor
      • Dust cloth
      • Calculator
      • A3 drawing sheets for all PAT drawings
      • CAD software and CAD 2D course (Only optional CAD drawings with the PAT)
      • Free CAD programs include: Solid Edge (

      Please note:

      • It is highly recommended to take Mathematics with EGD.
      • All equipment and CAD software (optional) must be purchased at the client’s own cost and is not supplied by the Impaq Online School.
      • From 2022 onwards, there will be a prescribed grade-specific study guide (textbook) for EGD.


      Tourism is the study of the activities, services, and industries that deliver a travel experience to groups or individuals. It is the study of the expectations and behaviours of tourists, and the economic, social, and environmental impact of tourism on South Africa.


      • Access to a variety of tourism magazines, brochures, tourist maps and advertising booklets such as hotel brochures, booklets and maps of South Africa’s national parks (SANParks).
      • A political map of the world and a time zone map with the major cities of the world.
      • Access to the White Paper on the Promotion and Development of Tourism in South Africa (1996).
      • The latest version of the Tourism Growth Strategy.


      • The tourism sector
      • Mapwork and tour planning
      • Tourist attractions
      • Sustainable and responsible tourism
      • Domestic, regional and international tourism
      • Culture and heritage tourism
      • Foreign exchange
      • Communication and customer care
      • Marketing


      History is the study of how societies change and develop over time. By understanding the past, we can better understand the present and how it came to be. This can help us to make better decisions about the future. History is a disciplined way of thinking about the past. It involves gathering evidence, evaluating sources, and making reasoned arguments. This process can help us to understand complex events and to see the bigger picture. History is about understanding the causes and consequences of events, and how they have shaped the world we live in today.


      Computer Applications Technology (CAT) is the study of the integrated components of a computer system (hardware and software), and practical techniques designed to make their use and application efficient to solve everyday problems. The solutions to problems are designed, managed and processed via end-user applications, and communicated using appropriate information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs are the combination of networks, hardware, and software, as well as the means of communication, collaboration, and engagement that enable the processing, management, and exchange of data, information, and knowledge.

      Please note: For the 2024 academic year, CAT will only be presented in English for Grade 10 learners.


      • Solution development
      • Systems technologies
      • Internet technologies
      • Network technologies
      • Information management
      • Social implications

      Please refer to the device and software requirements for more information.


      Consumer Studies teaches learners about responsible and informed consumer behaviour with respect to food, clothing, housing, furnishings, and household equipment. Consumer Studies aims to teach learners how to make informed decisions and how to make optimal use of resources to improve human wellbeing. In the practical component of the subject, learners have an opportunity to produce and market different products.


      • The consumer
      • Food and nutrition
      • Design elements and principles
      • Fibres and fabrics
      • Clothing
      • Housing
      • Entrepreneurship


      Please note that the following applies to school kitchens, but home-educated learners can adapt it to a smaller kitchen, e.g. a home kitchen with basic apparatus.

      Training kitchen:

      • Required clothing for a chef.
      • Six stoves to accommodate 24 learners (four learners per stove).
      • Built-in double sinks.
      • Cupboards or open shelves.
      • Hot and cold water supply at the sinks.
      • Electricity supply to the stoves, and wall plugs at each workstation for electrical equipment.
      • Supply of electricity must be sufficient for all stoves and other electrical equipment to operate simultaneously.
      • A storeroom for ingredients and a storeroom for equipment.
      • A walk-in fridge or cold room.
      • Basic apparatus for the measuring, preparation, and cooking of ingredients.

      Please note:

      • Practical assessments for this subject involve additional costs for equipment and ingredients.
      • Consumer Studies and Hospitality Studies may not be taken together. Learners must select one or the other.


      Hospitality Studies covers theoretical and operational aspects of food and beverage preparation and service, incorporating the principles of safety, hygiene, and environmental awareness. It provides learners with an understanding of the various sectors and diverse contexts that comprise the hospitality industry.

      Hospitality Studies will give learners the skills and knowledge, as well as teach them about the attitudes and values, that are related to real-world situations within the food and beverage industry. The integrated competencies that are covered in this subject will enhance the quality of life of the learners and others by providing the necessary resources for successful operation in the hospitality field, including small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs), and community-based operations.


      • Hospitality sectors and careers
      • Kitchen and restaurant operations
      • Nutrition, menu planning and cost calculation
      • Food commodities
      • Food and beverage service
      • Hygiene, safety and security


      Please note that the following applies to school kitchens, but home-educated learners can adapt it to a smaller kitchen, e.g. a home kitchen with basic apparatus.

      Training kitchen:

      • Required clothing for a chef.
      • Six stoves to accommodate 24 learners (four learners per stove).
      • Built-in double sinks.
      • Cupboards or open shelves.
      • Hot and cold water supply at the sinks.
      • Electricity supply to the stoves, and wall plugs at each workstation for electrical equipment.
      • Supply of electricity must be sufficient for all stoves and other electrical equipment to operate simultaneously.
      • A storeroom for ingredients and a storeroom for equipment.
      • A walk-in fridge or cold room.

      Dining area – preferably leading off the kitchen:

      • Required clothing for waiters.
      • The location of the food service training facility should have public access.
      • Issues such as signage, parking, lighting for night access and security should also be considered.
      • Toilet facilities for guests are compulsory.
      • Practical assessments for this subject involve additional costs for equipment and ingredients.
      • Consumer Studies and Hospitality Studies may not be taken together. Learners must select one or the other.


      Life Sciences is the scientific study of living things from the molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments. To be accepted as a science, it is necessary to use certain methods for broadening existing knowledge or discovering new information. These methods must lend themselves to replication and a systematic approach to scientific inquiry and must include formulating hypotheses and carrying out investigations and experiments as objectively as possible to test these hypotheses. Repeated investigations are carried out and adapted. The methods and results are analysed, evaluated, and debated before the community of scientists accepts them as valid.

      The three primary 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 sufficient background for further studies in one or more of the biological sub-disciplines.


      • Biochemistry and biotechnology
      • Microbiology and genetics
      • Zoology and botany
      • Entomology and physiology (plant and animal)
      • Anatomy (plant and animal) and morphology (plant and animal)
      • Environmental studies and socio-biology (animal behaviour)
      • Taxonomy (plant and animal)
      • Palaeontology

      Please note: It is recommended that Mathematics is taken with Life Sciences but it is not compulsory.


      We do not facilitate any arrangements or fees for subjects not taken through the Impaq Online School. You must ensure that the institution selected follows the CAPS curriculum. You must also make the necessary arrangements with SACAI. We do not recommend that learners register with more than one examination board as it might result in clashes in the examination timetable. If this should happen, the learner will be unable to write certain question papers.


      A learner’s registered subjects may be reduced by cancelling subjects(s) or increased by registering for additional subject(s) at the discretion of the parent. Conditions apply. Careful note should be taken regarding subjects not offered by the Impaq Online School as changes to such subjects cannot be accommodated.

      Learners who wish to complete their NSC must be registered with an assessment body overseen by Umalusi. Umalusi is the council for quality assurance in general and further education and training. Umalusi accredits private providers of education and training, as well as private assessment bodies which offer tuition and/or assessment for qualifications. As such, three central assessment bodies are overseen by Umalusi: The Department of Basic Education (DBE), the Independent Examination Board (IEB), and SACAI (South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute). Public schools are mainly registered with the DBE, and independent schools are predominantly registered with the IEB. The Impaq Online School is registered with SACAI and learners in the FET Phase are registered with SACAI.

      Candidates who successfully complete their Grade 12 year with the Impaq Online School and comply with the relevant assessments and other related requirements, will receive the National Senior Certificate from Umalusi. When registering with the Impaq Online School for Grade 12, the candidate is considered a part-time candidate and is registered as such with the assessment body.

      If the PAT component is not completed, learners will not receive their final results. The PAT components account for 25% of the final year mark.


      We can’t wait to have you join the Impaq Online School!

      If you have any questions, please give us a call on 087 405 2233 or send an email to