Information on school-leaving certificates at the end of Grade 10 (Realschulabschluss) and at the end of Grade 12
Learners that have come from Germany (so-called “expats’ children”) and that will return to the German school system, can under certain conditions obtain the ‘Realschulabschluss’ at the end of Grade 10. A test according to the guidelines by the Conference of German Ministers’ of Education (KMK) forms part of these conditions.
German International ‘Abitur’ and the National Senior Certificate (combi branch)
Besides the South African school-leaving certificate that can be obtained at the end of Grade 12, the Deutsche Schule Pretoria also offers the international double qualification of German International ‘Abitur’ in conjunction with the South African National Senior Certificate. The basis for the so-called combi branch school-leaving certificate is the bilateral agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of South Africa, as well as the examination requirements and guidelines of both secondary school-leaving certificates.
In the combi branch of German International ‘Abitur’ / NSC learners of the DSP have the opportunity of following a combined bilingual education and of obtaining the NSC as well as the German International ‘Abitur’ after 12 years. Through this education model the highest possible school-leaving and university admission certificates of both states can be obtained. The German International ‘Abitur’ is accepted as university admission certificate in over 170 countries worldwide.
In line with the bilingual character of this model of education, classes and examinations will be held in either German or English, with each of the partner states having been allocated the responsibility for syllabuses and/or examinations in certain subjects (RSA: English, Afrikaans, Life Orientation, Music, Art, History 1/3, Sport – Germany: German, French, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History 2/3).
Teaching in the combi branch is divided into the so-called introductory phase (Grade 10) and the qualification phase (Grades 11 and 12). During the introductory phase learners are introduced to the working methods and are prepared for the requirements of secondary school II. At the end of Grade 10 the promotion requirements must be fulfilled in order to be promoted to the qualification phase. During the qualification phase all performances in the 4 semester courses 11/I, 11/II, 12/I and 12/II together with the results in the written and oral examinations will be considered in the calculation of the mark obtained in the German International ‘Abitur’. Between Grades 11 and 12 no promotion requirements exist (see DIAP and Guidelines)
Admission requirements for the combi branch
- Admission to the international branch can be granted if a learner has successfully completed Grade 9 (at the level of the German ‘Gymnasium’) and has been promoted to Grade 10 (see Promotion Requirements). We recommend the combi branch to all learners
- who can easily follow classes in German or
- who will probably continue their schooling in Germany (“expats’ children”) or
- who intend continuing their education at a German, South African or other international university or
- who strive for a very well-rounded education, particularly in the German language, in mathematics and in natural sciences such as physics, chemistry and biology.
Admission to the introductory phase is granted upon presentation of the promotion to Grade 10 at the level of the German ‘Gymnasium’ up until the end of the first semester. Should a learner intend jumping a semester, e.g. because of the learner having arrived from Germany, such an admission must be approved by the secretariat of the German Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK). The Secondary School Coordinator shall advise you on the procedure to be followed.
Admission to the qualification phase is only possible in certain cases with the special permission from the German Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK). In particular, the obligation to provide proof of attendance of individual courses / subjects must be fulfilled. The Secondary School Coordinator shall again advise you on the procedure to be followed.
Change between national and international branch
During the entire introductory phase (Grade 10) it is possible to change between the two branches of the combi branch; a final decision must be taken by the beginning of the qualification phase (Grade 11).
Subjects and/or courses offered in the combi branch
|1 lesson is 40 min. In the qualification phase a total of 10 subjects must be taken (see Choice of subjects). The subject Life Orientation (LO) is made up of material from social studies, religious studies and sport.|
Field of studies
3 + prac.
4 + prac.
4 + prac.
3 + prac.
4 + prac.
4 + prac.
4 + prac.
Total no. of compulsory lessons
Special features of the combi branch
- excellent education in natural sciences by electing at least 2 of the 3 subjects of physics, chemistry and biology
- courses/marks are “saved” during the 2 years for the overall qualification
- a selection of courses will be considered in the overall qualification
- Art/Music and physical education will be considered in the overall qualification
- no oral examinations will be held in subjects examined by South African authorities
- in the 5. examination subject a so-called presentation examination will be held.
Compulsory and optional subjects in the combi branch
At the end of Grade 9 learners can generally choose their subjects from the following optional subject combinations:
- Afrikaans or French
- Art or Music
At the end of Grade 10 learners can discontinue one of the three natural sciences:
The subjects German, English, Mathematics, History, Life Orientation and Physical Education are compulsory subjects.
Should you have any questions on the combi branch, please do not hesitate to contact our Secondary School Coordinator.
Examinations at the end of Grade 12
3. Optional subject from (Afrikaans, French, Mathematics, History, Natural Sciences)
4. Optional subject from (French, Mathematics, History, Natural Sciences)
5. Optional subject from (French, Mathematics, History, Natural Sciences)
The subject of History must be elected either as a written or as an oral examination subject. At least one subject from the study field of mathematics/natural sciences must be an examination subject. In the 5. examination subject a so-called presentation examination with colloquium will be done.