Further Studies Mathematics

Secure your competitive edge and get a head start for university with Further Studies Maths (also known as AP Maths).

From R6,910.50 per year (payment plans available)

3-year programme
Grade 10-12
Advantage Learn is a registered distance education provider for the Further Studies (also known as Advanced Programmes) with the IEB. Matric Further Studies learners will be examined for certification via the Independent Examination Board under their International Secondary Certificate.

Wondering whether Further Studies Maths is right for you?

What is Further Studies Maths?

Further Studies Mathematics (AP Maths) is offered by the IEB as a certified exam and is quality assured by Umalusi. The exam is written by learners in their Grade 12 final exams but the programme has been designed to be taught over three years from grades 10 to 12 in order to build the necessary foundation of knowledge in advance. Over the course of this programme, learners develop independence, critical thinking skills and an extended understanding of Mathematics, which builds a foundation for tertiary education. Read more in our brochure.

The key benefits of Further Studies Maths

  • Become more comfortable with core mathematics and, thus, improve your results.
  • Get a head start on difficult university topics including calculus and algebra.
  • Improve your university application by standing out from other candidates.
  • Develop your independent study skills and critical thinking in preparation for university.
  • Open doors to international universities.

Who should take Further Studies Maths?

  • Learners with a strong Core Maths competency level
  • Learners with an interest in Maths who want to extend themselves
  • Learners who want to better their Core Maths results by extending themselves
  • Learners who want to better prepare themselves for tertiary study
  • Learners who want to differentiate themselves when applying to universities
  • Learners who are looking to apply to international universities

The benefits of learning online

  • Study at your own pace anytime, anywhere
  • Learn from expertly-designed curriculum and video lessons
  • Revise concepts as much and as frequently as needed
  • Test your understanding through online quizzes and sample questions
  • Access live chat support from Further Studies Maths educators to help you reach your learning goals
  • Track your learning through comprehensive reports and feedback from your educators

Further Studies vs. Advanced Programmes

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 and this has been so 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%). Also, in Further Studies Mathematics learners will, as of 2022, have the option to write only Paper 1 (which will result in a Further Studies Mathematics Standard Certificate) or both Paper 1 and Paper 2 (which will result in a Further Studies Mathematics Extended Certificate). Read more about Further Studies here.

Learning Further Studies Maths in a style that suits you

Live Online lessons

Live Online lessons are for learners who want a regular structure to learning Further Studies Maths by attending weekly online live lessons.

  • Learners can engage and ask questions like they would in a classroom environment.
  • Attendance and progress are tracked in line with the live online lesson programme.
  • Lessons are recorded and made available to all our Further Studies Maths learners.
Guided Online video lessons

Guided Online video lessons are for learners who want to take control of their learning timetable. We will prescribe weekly completion goals, but then our learners can choose when to study based on their timetable.

  • Studio-produced video lessons with a subject expert
  • Guided Online live support and coaching
For schools

Advantage Learn has provided schools across South Africa with Further Studies Maths. If your school is looking to outsource Further Studies Mathematics, 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. Learn more about our school packages.

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Course details

Term dates

Our Further Studies Maths programme works on a 2-semester 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. Start dates are grade-dependent which is why you will see a date range below rather than one start date.

Semester Start Dates End dates
Semester 1 (First half) 19 - 20 January 2022 18 March 2022
Mid-term break 19 March 2022 4 April 2022
Semester 1 (Second half) 5 - 7 April 2022 27 May 2022
Mid - year break 30 May 2022 18 July 2022
Semester 2 19 July 2022 30 September 2022


Further Studies Maths fees are paid annually and cost the same for all grades 10 to 12. Learners commit to the programme each year and can pay via one of the various payment methods outlined in the table below.

The learning stream you choose differs in price due to the various costs associated with running that specific learning stream. The learning stream you choose to learn in is how your core modules will be taught. For example, if you choose the Live Online learning stream, you will be learning your core modules via Live Online lessons.

Upon successful application onto our Further Studies programme, our finance team will contact you to discuss payments with you.

Payment plan Guided Online Live Online In Person
Full year upfront R6,910.50 R7,148.00 R7,385.50
Per semester (2 payments) R3,455.25 R3,574.00 R3,692.75

* Monthly payments are run via debit order and includes 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.



Like university degrees, the Further Studies Maths curriculum is broken down into core modules and electives. The core modules are Calculus and Algebra, and learners choose one elective from the following three options: Finance and Modelling, Graph Theory and Matrices, or Statistics

Electives Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Statistics Yes Yes Yes
Graph theory and matrices Guided Online lessons only Online live lessons only Available in 2023
Finance and modelling Guided Online lessons only Online live lessons only Available in 2023

Live Online lessons timetable per grade

The live online lessons are held weekly for each grade and in each lesson, learners will be guided by their Further Studies Maths educator as well as a technical support team member. 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 device before the lesson.

Lessons Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
In Person - Day Tuesday Monday Wednesday
Live Online - Day Monday Tuesday Thursday
Time 17:30 - 19:00 17:30 - 19:30 17:30 - 19:30

Self-study video lessons

Learners who choose to work through the programme via studio-produced video lessons will still be guided by an online coach. They will be given weekly completion goals but can structure their timetable however they wish.


Learners will be assessed termly to determine their understanding of the subject. In terms 1, the learners will be assessed via a multiple-choice test while in terms 2, 3 and 4, learners will be assessed via a written and invigilated examination. The exception to this is in grade 12 where all assessments are written and invigilated in preparation for their final exam in term 4 which is set and certified by the IEB.

Further Studies Maths Includes

  • Our library of Further Studies Maths studio-recorded video lessons for your grade
  • Recordings of the weekly live online lessons
  • Support from our team of Further Studies Maths teachers via live chat
  • Termly assessments, reporting and feedback
  • End-of-year completion certificates

5% discount for joining multiple subjects

If you apply to join multiple subjects and your application is successful, you will receive a 5% discount off each additional subject you are taking with us. Terms and conditions apply.

Learners can join Advantage Learn for Further Studies Maths from the beginning of 2022 by successful application only.

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Lesson preview

Grade 10 online live lesson
Grade 10 self-study video lesson

Taught and designed by subject matter experts

Trish Pike HDE (PG)

Degree Major: Mathematics
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Graduated: 1977

Teaching experience

  • Advantage Learn NBT, AP Maths and Maths Academy teacher since 2013.
  • Previously HOD of mathematics at Kearsney College, KZN.
  • Previously HOD of mathematics at Thomas More College, KZN.
  • AP Maths teacher since 1996.
  • Core Maths teacher since 1978.
  • First NBT preparation educator in South Africa.

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