Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria

Secondary School II

The DSP offers two school leaving certificates: the Kombiabitur and the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC). At the end of Grade 9, learners opt for the Kombiabitur (Abitur and NSC) or NSC for Grades 10–12. The lessons in the Kombizweig are mainly presented in German, with German Home Language, Mathematics, Science, History and French being taught in accordance with the requirements of the German International Abitur. English on Home Language level (for all), Life Orientation (including Sport), Afrikaans, Appreciation of Art or Music follow the South African standards. German and English are both on Home Language level, and for the First Additional Language learners have the choice between French and Afrikaans. The final examination for the Kombiabitur comprises German and three further examinations in the German subjects as well as English, Afrikaans and Life Orientation written through the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

The Kombiabitur qualification entitles learners to study in Germany, South Africa and other (European) countries. When choosing the NSC or Matric qualification, learners are prepared in English for the examination at the end of Grade 12. In order to obtain a National Senior Certificate learners need to do the following compulsory subjects:

Our offering for the NSC Certificate is guided by the IEB (Independent Examinations Board) requirements and sanctioned by UMALUSI (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training).

The German Language Diploma Level II, which is also examined at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria, enables learners to supplement the NSC qualification and allows them to apply for studies in Germany.

Grade 10 – 12

Class size 20 – 27

Class duration

45 minutes

School day

7:30 – 15:20

The closer learners get to the end of their school career, the more often they are likely to hear: “You need to make a choice!” We would like to equip our learners with a solid foundation to make informed decisions about their future. The Career Orientation team furthermore aims to promote Germany as a destination to study or receive vocational training.
As part of the subject Life Orientation (LO) learners in Grade 10 need to complete an internship. This placement is generally the first exposure our learners get to a professional working environment. They are required to independently find a place to do their internship. For two weeks they work as normal employees and have the opportunity to compare their expectations and dreams with the reality they experience. At the end of Grade 10, our learners need to make a final subject choice for Grade 11 and 12. These decisions have an influence on the career options they will eventually have. Therefore the learners are comprehensively informed and guided in decision-making.
As part of the exchange with our Partner School in Cologne, we also offer the participants the opportunity to get to know the University of Cologne. A special highlight is a day trip to our partner university in Mannheim. Here our learners gain insights into the fields of technology and Applied Natural Sciences and IT.
On three to five consecutive days before the Open Day, workshops, and excursions on the topic of study and career orientation take place for Grades 9 – 12 under a varying motto. Universities, institutions such as the DAAD, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and representatives of companies are invited. The aim is for the learners to find out how many avenues are open to them after the Abitur and how they should in order to make wise decisions when choosing a career. 

Variety of Extracurricular Activities

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Admission requirements

Non-German-speaking learners have an entry opportunity in Grade 5.

Admissions tests in English and Mathematics are also mandatory for the English classes to establish the academic level/competency of the prospective learner.

A personal consultation with prospective families is part of our admission process.

Learners have branch transfer opportunities.