Choosing the correct subjects can make all the difference for aspiring athletes.
Choosing subjects in grade 9 can be daunting. Not all students know at 14 or 15 years old what they want to do when they get to university, so making sure that you set yourself up as best as possible is very important. When looking at what subjects to take leading up to matric, there are a few things you should know. Choosing your high school subjects wisely can play a major role in your USA athletic chances. There are three sporting associations; the NCAA, NAIA, and the NJCAA. The subject requirements set out by the NCAA, if followed, will ensure that you qualify for all three sporting associations, giving yourself the best opportunity to win a scholarship.
USA Universities and Athletic Associations take your Grade 9 to Grade 12 marks into consideration. The NCAA requires South Africans to take; Mathematics, English and a second language for four years. They also require 2 Social Sciences and 2 Natural Sciences over the course of grade 9 to grade 12. Maths Literacy is not accepted by the NCAA but is accepted by the NAIA and NJCAA.
The following subjects will give you credit when selecting a Social Science: History, Geography, Religion, Archaeology, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Business Studies. South African Business Economics does not qualify.
Here are three ways to ensure social science compliance:
1. When selecting subjects, you should choose from History and Geography. These subjects are the most commonly chosen subjects by students when trying to qualify for NCAA eligibility.
2. If your high school combines History and Geography into Social Science in grade 9, you will get one credit. If they are listed separately on your report card, It does not matter that both subjects were taken in the same year, you will get two credits.
3. If it is too late to take these required subjects in school, an online course can be taken. These courses are eight to twelve weeks long and are completed online. Contact us for more information regarding this.
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