Hatfield Christian Online Life Sciences Subject
Life Sciences (previously known as Biology) is the science of life. It is concerned with the structure, function, distribution, adaptation, interactions, and evolution of all living organisms classified in the five kingdoms. Environmental issues, as well as the interaction between living organisms and their non-living environment, are also included.
Life Sciences is a valuable subject because the knowledge and skills gained by completing this FET course will provide you with important preparation for future careers in this field. You will develop an understanding of the processes and mechanisms of life; from molecular to cellular and from organism to ecological levels of organisation.
There is an assortment of different specialised fields in the biological sciences, and the list is growing rapidly. You can choose to work with a particular type or group of organisms, such as birds, viruses, or trees. You can work with a particular system within an organism, such as cells, tissues, or whole organs. You can focus on the interaction between organisms and their environment in a particular area.
The following is a small sample (other than the most well-known related careers such as doctors, dentists, pharmacists and vets) of some of the different jobs available in life sciences: Agronomist; Anatomist; Biochemist; Epidemiologist; Microbiologist; Immunologist; Science Teacher; Medical Illustrator; Science Writer.
Misconceptions and Cautions
Potential students in Life Sciences (FET phase) need to know that this subject is classified as a science and that the approach thereof is based on scientific methods and processes. Scientific methods and reasoning are vital skills to achieve. This may be an initial challenge to overcome in the beginning of Grade 10.
A varied and large amount of content is covered in the National syllabus for Grade 10 to 12. Future students must take note that this influences the rate of presentation thereof; more work is covered in a shorter period of time than in Grade 9.
Life Sciences also involves its own subject-specific terminology (some Latin and other internationally used terms). Unfortunately students cannot “do” this subject without an ability to “understand” and “speak” its language.
Life Sciences is an interesting subject with lots of future possibilities but definitely not for those who lack discipline in spending time consuming new and challenging content, or lack curiosity in solving scientific problems. If you struggle in handling blood or dissections, you also need to reconsider.