The main differences between CAPS and British International are listed below.
The number of subjects
In the CAPS curriculum, students are required to take a total of 7 subjects in their primary grade 4-6 phase, 11 subjects in the intermediate grades 7-9, and 7 subjects in their FET years grades 10-12.
In the British International curriculum, students are only required to take 7 subjects in Stages 4-8, 6 subjects when they reach GCSE and 4-5 subjects when they reach AS levels. The advantage of taking less subjects and doing a more “focused” study, is that students have more time to invest in their chosen subjects.
The volume of content
Although there are fewer subjects with the British International curriculum, some of the subjects, for example Maths and Science, are explored in more depth.
The FET CAPS phase (Grade 10 – 12) contains an assessment and task schedule which students must adhere to. Each topic is listed on the termly planner and the content is intended to be learnt in the order in which it is laid out. All other grades are completed at your own pace.
All British International students are free to complete the year’s curriculum at their own pace. This leaves plenty of opportunity for integrating learning objectives into other learning experiences.
In the CAPS system, there is an emphasis on testing. The CAPS curriculum specifically details the formal assessment that must be taken for each subject and projects are very specifically phrased and detailed.
Although testing is required within the British International curriculum, the approach is rather different. Assessed projects are not encouraged at all for Stages 1 – 8 and only minimally from IGCSE, with emphasis being placed on progression. Only four assessments per year are required. This leaves much more time for learning.
The major differences between British International Stages 1-8 and CAPS Grades 1-8 lie in the Sciences, Maths and English.
British International students are introduced to Science from stage 1 whereas CAPS students are only introduced to basic scientific concepts in grade 4. In the British International syllabus, English is centred around developing language, reading and writing skills while Maths covers a little more content in the curriculum.