School of Marine Sciences

Futura High's School of Marine Sciences aims to prepare young people for post-school employment in the maritime industry by providing students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 with access to two specialist subjects, Maritime Economics and Nautical Science. Durban is South Africa's main port city and offers many opportunities for careers in the marine sciences. Futura is offering high school students the opportunity to complete Maritime Economics and Nautical Science subjects while attending high school at their Durban campus.
Futura High offers an Oceanography Club providing a forum for students to discuss debate, socialize, and perform community service relating to the ocean and marine science. Activities include visiting Ushaka Marine World, the Sharks Board and maintaining a marine fish tank at Futura. Maritime students at Futura may also join the Futura Sailing Club and learn to sail, receive yacht club membership during their studies and even obtain a skippers ticket.

MARITIME ECONOMICS prepares students for careers in the maritime industry ashore and deals with maritime geography, port studies, maritime trade patterns, the structure of the local shipping industry, ship operation and chartering, the bunker trade, ships’ agencies, ship-broking, cargo clearing, and maritime ecology.
Career opportunities for Maritime Economics exist within the shore-based sector of the maritime industry. These include shipping companies, port agency, stevedoring, clearing and forwarding, import and export, surveying, warehousing, project management and terminal management.

NAUTICAL SCIENCE prepares students for a career at sea and covers seamanship, coastal and ocean navigation (including astro-navigation), maritime communications, weather systems at sea, electronic aids to navigation, international regulations and ship stability.
Career opportunities for Nautical Science may lie within a shipping company or with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), where the graduate will enter the industry as a Deck Cadet, and on completion of the requisite sea-time, further study/training and ancillary courses, could one day aspire to the command of an ocean-going vessel or work in a number of divisions within TNPA (including tugs, pilotage, dredging and vessel traffic services). Opportunities also exist with the South African Navy (SAN).

Grade 12 Remote Classes


Classes are taught by Futura teachers and there is a structured timetable in place with set class times for each subject.
At the beginning of each lesson the class teacher will send you the day’s set work. This may be in the form of documents, notes, pictures or audio recordings.
The student participates in the class on their laptop using Microsoft Teams.
An internet connection with a minimum of 1 Mbps to 2 Mbps is required.

Remote learners only need to physically attend practicals and exams at Futura in May.
Futura is a registered exam centre and learners write their exams at Futura in November.
The program is not a traditional homeschooling model, where parents need to take on the responsibility of teaching and continuous supervision as the timetable includes teachers initiating each class and guiding learners through daily, pre-set material online. 
Learners can ask teachers for help during lessons.
Parents receive detailed feedback on their child's progress.
Futura is accredited by UMALUSI and registered with the KZN Department of Education.  
Matric Certificates are issued by UMALUSI after exams.
Futura lessons are in an English-medium.
You may choose how many subjects you want to repeat.
Remote learning students receive a 25% discount on the full time school fees.
The school fees are therefore R 2175 (registration fee) and R 1417 per month x 10 months (February to November).
Cash for the year is R 14 700 (including registration fee).
ALL your matric statement of results.
Copy of the student’s ID Book.
ID copy of the person paying the school fees. (not required for full cash payments)
The application for registration form can be completed on your cell phone.
You will take photos of the above documents and upload them on the registration portal at:
Once we have received and approved your documents and registration form we will send you our banking details to pay your R 2175 registration fee.
Remote learning classes will begin on the 1st February 2021.
The following subjects are available :

Home Language : Zulu, English
Additional Language : English, Zulu or Afrikaans
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Life Science, Physical Science, Agricultural Science
Geography, , History, Tourism Studies
Business Studies, Economics, Accounting



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