Life Orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and to society. It addresses skills, knowledge and values about the self, the environment, responsible citizenship, a healthy and productive life, social engagement, recreation and physical activity, careers and career choices.  Opportunities to engage in the development and practice of a variety of skills, to solve problems, to make informed decisions and choices and to take appropriate actions to live meaningfully and successfully in a rapidly changing society. Although it focuses on knowledge, it also emphasises the application of skills and values in real-life situations.

Life Orientation is one of the four fundamental subjects. This means that the subject is compulsory for all learners from grade 8 to 12. It is a unique subject that applies a holistic approach to the personal, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, motor- and physical growth and development of the learners. It encourages the development of a balanced and self-confident learner who will be able to make a contribution to a fair and democratic society, a productive economy and improved quality of life for all.

The subject contains the following six topics:

1) Development of the self in society

2) Social and environmental responsibility

3) Democracy and human rights

4) careers and career choices

5) Study skills

6) Physical Education