The purpose of the additional (IEB) Grade 9 – 12 subject Further Studies English (AP English) is to provide learners with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of English through exposure to challenging poetry, films and texts (novels and plays). Like our other Further Studies subjects, Further Studies English prepares learners to cope with the demands associated with university. This will help them to compete at an international level and to differentiate themselves from other applicants, thereby increasing their chance of getting into their university degree of choice when places in that degree programme are limited.
Just recently the IEB announced the launch of their newest qualification – the IEB International Secondary Certificate (IEB-ISC). Along with this launch, the IEB has taken the decision to rename the Advanced Programmes as Further Studies from 2022. These qualifications have already been benchmarked by UK-ENIC as comparable to the overall GCE Advanced level (A-level) standard, just as the Advanced Programmes have been for a number of years.
Along with the name change are some other notable changes. The pass mark for Further Studies subjects is 50% (previously 40%). While there is no significant impact on AP English aside from the shift in the pass mark, there are more significant changes for AP Maths.
Live Online lessons are for learners who want a regular structure to learning Further Studies English by attending weekly online live lessons.
Advantage Learn has provided schools across South Africa with Further Studies English. If your school is looking to outsource Further Studies English, you’re in good hands.
We have school packages available and will be happy to engage with you around a bespoke package for your school.
Our Further Studies English programme works on a 4-term calendar. All lessons, tests and examinations work within a 4-term school calendar and we strive, as far as possible to ensure that our 3-term school learners are accommodated in our lesson and assessment dates.
|Semester||Start Dates||End dates|
|Term 1||11 March 2022||18 March 2022|
|Break||19 March 2022||7 April 2022|
|Term 2||8 April 2022||25 June 2022|
|Break||26 June 2022||21 July 2022|
|Term 3||22 July 2022||16 September 2022|
|Break||17 September 2022||13 October 2022|
|Term 4||14 October 2022||25 November 2022|
* Please note that no Grade 12 learners will be accepted after the 1st of April 2022, as there won’t be enough time to cover all the required content before the final exam.
**Learners in Grade 9 – 10 are welcome to apply anytime throughout the year.
Further Studies English fees are paid annually and cost the same for grades 9 to 12. Learners commit to the programme each year and can pay via one of the various payment methods outlined in the table below.
|Payment plan||Frequency||Cost per payment|
|Full year upfront||Once-off annual payment||R7,148.00|
|Full year upfront early bird discount (10% discount if you apply and pay before the 8th of April)||Once-off annual payment||R6,433.20|
|Per semester||2 payments||R3,574.00|
|Per month (starts March, ends November - 9 payments by debit order)*||9 payments||R873.64|
* Monthly payments are run via debit order and include a 10% administration fee for the monthly processing of debit orders.
** If you join during the course of the programme your monthly payment will vary.
The live online lessons are held weekly on a Friday for learners. In these lessons, Grade 9-12 learners will be guided, in a single class, by their Further Studies English educators, Chanelle Peverett and Natasha Ferreira. Before each lesson, learners will be given notes for their upcoming session to enable them to download and print them or have them available on their devices before the lesson.
|Lessons||Grade 9 - 12|
|Time||14:45 – 17:00|
Further Studies English is designed and taught by experts in Further Studies English
Like university degrees, the Further Studies English curriculum is broken down into elective modules: prose, drama and film.
However, our Further Studies English syllabus, designed by our LEARN TO LINK educator, Chanelle Peverett, is structured to include all three electives (i.e. prose, drama and film) so that the students have exposure to all electives and can then make an informed decision during their Grade 12 year. Similarly, for the Poetry section, students are required to choose only two prescribed schools of poetry. Again, they will not be able to make an informed choice if they are not exposed, initially, to more than two schools of poetry. As a result, the programme is also more comprehensive and truly appeals to students who wish to display greater knowledge and depth of insight in a wide variety of genres, whilst developing a deeper love and appreciation for English.
According to the Further Studies English Handbook, no evidence of school-based assessment is required. Learners will write only one three-hour examination at the end of their Grade 12 year. However, annually, all students are given two opportunities to write an exam, be assessed and receive valuable feedback. Students in Grade 9-11 are given the opportunity to write a June and November examination.
If you apply to join multiple subjects and your application is successful, you will receive a 5% discount on each additional subject you are taking with us. Terms and conditions apply.
Learners can join Advantage Learn for Further Studies English from the beginning of 2022 by successful application only.
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Institution: RAU (Now University of Johannesburg), South Africa
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