Life Sciences is intended to be a scientific study with the aim of understanding the nature of life processes. Recently Life Sciences has experienced an information explosion. Modern Life Sciences retain little of the descriptive nature of the science of a few decades ago and experiments play an increasingly important role in biological research, especially in determining the causal relationships among biological phenomena.
Life Sciences teaches pupils to respect life in whatever form or organism it may be. It also nurtures a love for the fauna and flora of our world and encourages the conservation of all living beings, especially the continued existence of the human species here on earth.
Life Sciences is very much a science requiring the solving of biological problems, the understanding of mathematical graphs and equations, the balancing of chemical reactions and the processing of statistical data into meaningful formulae. Experimental results have to be analyzed, critical observations must be made and logical conclusions must be deduced. Unfortunately, many pupils take this subject believing it to be an uncomplicated study of animals. These boys do not gain as much from the subject as they could.
The successful completion of Life Sciences in the NSC examinations forms a stepping stone for a career in any of the following fields:
Marine Biological Research
Game Ranger: Wildlife Management