The English Stream (IEB) from Grade 10-12 at the German International School Cape Town


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The learners of the English Stream graduate with the National Senior Certificate of the IEB and a German language diploma (DSD II) which allows our learners to study in Germany or Europe. The DSK is affiliated with the Independent Examination Board (IEB), a South African private examination authority.

The IEB offers a superior National Senior Certificate (NSC), which is recognized in Europe and America for its training in critical thinking and skills in transference.This intensive preparation ensures our learners’ competence and confidence in coping with the demands of tertiary education.
The curriculum and assessment methods of the IEB differ from those of the Department of Education; Umalusi, however, validates both examining bodies, through the issue of a National Senior Certificate (NSC).
The high academic standard of the German International School Cape Town has been recognized for many years, and as an IEB school, we look to the impressive level of tertiary success among our past learners as our continuing benchmark of competitive relevance in the education scene of the Western Cape.
In order to enable tertiary admission specifically in Germany (and countries of the European Union), it is obligatory for the IEB-NSC-stream learners to sit for the Sprachdiplom in Grade 12, a diploma which validates linguistic competence in German.
Examinations are written in accordance with the IEB requirements.
The IEB Final Examinations in Grade 12 are nation-wide and are weighted to comprise usually between 50% and 75% of the final mark, the remainder consisting of continuous assessment through the final school year.

The IEB subjects offered at the school are:


English Home Language
Afrikaans 1st Additional Language OR IsiXhosa 1st Additional Language
German Home Language OR German 2nd Additional Language
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy from Grade 11
Life Orientation


Physical Science, Geography, Life Science, Visual Arts, History, Accounting, Computer Applications Technology, Design, Business Studies

  • Other subjects may be offered for the final Grade 12 examination, by arrangement with the School, such as Music, Drama, Italian, and indeed any subject, which is examinable by the IEB.

    In these cases parents finance the tuition while the external teacher / service provider has the responsibility of liaising with the School concerning termly tests and examination results.

    Why the AP courses?
    The key purpose of the Advanced Programme courses in Mathematics, English and Afrikaans is to prepare learners for tertiary study.

    In Mathematics the preparation is in the form of exposure to concepts and branches of mathematics that are part and parcel of the first year university mathematics and mathematics-related courses; the emphasis is on subject content and giving learners a fundamental understanding of advanced mathematical concepts.

    By contrast, the Advanced Programs in English and Afrikaans are designed to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of personal voice, both in relation to the texts they have studied and the questions to which they must respond. The ability to interrogate ideas and formulate responses across a wide range of texts is critical in the learner’s development. This is encouraged by active involvement in tutorial-style discussions following their independent reading of the texts. The program is designed to promote independent study and build confidence through the freedom to articulate opinions and defend them, and in being able to interrogate the opinions of others. Key traits such as independent thinking and self-discipline are developed and will sustain learners as they advance their studies.

    IEB Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy option
    This option is available to IEB schools only. Its purpose is to retain learners offering Mathematics who may have changed to Mathematical Literacy at the start of their Grade 12 year. We believe that the most common reasons why learners would opt for this option are:
    - Fear of failing Mathematics and possibly, in the process, failing the NSC.
    - Fear of getting less than 50% in Mathematics and hence not qualifying for a BD pass.
    - Fear of not achieving a sufficiently high admission points score (APS) to enter university or their choice of study.

      Note: Only one option will appear on the NSC certificate.

The IEB and international recognition
In an era of globalization the IEB is keenly aware of the need for parents to know that the education their children is receiving has value both locally and internationally. Schools also need to know that when they say the IEB NSC is internationally recognized, they know it to be true. In this age, we are equally aware of educational colonialism and the risk it poses to undermining the national priorities of a country.

The IEB wants to ensure that the learners in South Africa become a human resource pool that has the skills and knowledge to make South Africa a successful competitor in the global economy. At the same time, our intention is to ensure that, as a nation, we retain within our curriculum, the ideals and strengths of the South African nation that sets us apart from the rest of the world. To be a citizen of the world you must first understand the concept of citizenry in your own country.

It was for these reasons that the IEB had its IEB NSC, and the Advanced Programs in Mathematics and English, benchmarked by UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC*).

The IEB NSC is a Proudly South African qualification that is equivalent to the UK AS level. In addition, its Advanced Program Mathematics and Advanced Program English are equivalent to the UK A levels. The IEB has also had past learners being accepted into the most elite universities in the world. The IEB NSC and our Advanced Program subjects prepare learners for South Africa, and the world at large.

* UK NARIC is the official UK evaluation authority appointed by the British Government and has a substantial International Comparisons database of qualifications from all over the world which they have benchmarked against each other and which is used extensively by evaluation centers across the world.

Assessment Guidelines and information regarding subject curricula
We have loaded for you the link on our website to access the Document Library, which is a repository of IEB information dedicated to supporting schools that write the IEB Grade 12 examinations. Some of these resources are not available to the public.

What resources are publicly available?
Subject Guidelines (assessment program) for grade 12 in each IEB subject
- Old exam papers
The IEB, on an annual basis, also publishes its NSC examination papers from the previous year.

 How do I access these resources?
- click on the Independent Examination Board (IEB) link
- click on School Assessment
- click on Subject Assessment Guidelines for the IEB NSC

Publicly available resources can be found in the folders "A to Z subjects" or "NSC Examination Paper

Silke Werth

Head of IEB

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