Further Studies Physics

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

From R6,910.50 per year (payment plans available)

2-year programme
Grade 11-12
Advantage Learn is a registered distance education provider for the Further Studies Programmes (also known as Advanced Programme) with the IEB. Matric Further Studies learners will be examined for certification via the Independent Examination Board under their International Secondary Certificate.

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What is Further Studies Physics?

Further Studies Physics (AP Physics) is offered by the IEB as a certified exam and is quality assured by Umalusi. The exam is written by learners during their Grade 12 final exams, however, learners wanting to write this exam in Grade 12 begin preparing for it from Grade 11. Over the course of this two-year programme, learners cover advanced analytical skills, thermal physics, modern physics, mechanics, charged particles in electric and magnetic fields and oscillations.

The key benefits of Further Studies Physics

  • Become more comfortable with Physical Science and, thus, improve your results.
  • Get a head start on challenging university topics.
  • 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 Physics?

  • Learners with a strong Physical Science competency level.
  • Learners who are interested in Physical Science and want to extend themselves.
  • Learners who want to better their Physical Science results.
  • 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 Physics 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 Physics online

Live Online lessons

Live Online lessons are for learners who want a regular structure to learning Further Studies Physics by attending weekly live online 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 Physics 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 resources and support in providing Advanced subjects. If your school is looking to outsource Further Studies Physics, 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 Physics 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) 26 January 2022 18 March 2022
Mid - term break 22 March 2022 5 April 2022
Semester 1 (Second half) 6-7 April 2022 27 May 2022
Mid - year break 1 June 2022 19 July 2022
Semester 2 20 July 2022 29 September 2022


Further Studies Physics fees are paid annually and cost the same for all grades 11 and 12. Learners commit to the programme each year and can pay via one of the various payment methods outlined in the table below.

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
Full year upfront R6,910.50 R7,148.00
Per semester (2 payments) R3,455.25 R3,574.00

* 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.



The weekly online Further Studies Physics lessons are taught by subject expert, Tyler Rodrigues, who authored the first-ever IEB AP Physics textbook in 2019. Rodrigues uses this textbook in tandem with the online lessons to ensure that learners can benefit from the most comprehensive and up-to-date Further Studies Physics learning materials available.

This workbook is included within the programme costs

Grade Workbook
Grade 11 Further Studies Physics Part A
Grade 12 Further Studies Physics Part B

Online live lessons timetable per grade

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

Online live lessons Grade 11 Grade 12
Day Thursday Wednesday
Time 17:30-19:00 17:30-19:00


Learners will be assessed throughout the programme to determine their understanding of the subject. Assessment dates will be provided before the programme begins

Further Studies Physics Includes

  • Recordings of the weekly online live lessons
  • Support from our team of Further Studies Physics teachers via live chat
  • The prescribed Further Studies Physics textbook for the programme
  • 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 Physics from the beginning of 2021 by successful application only.

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Preview Further Studies Physics

Preview Grade 11 AP Physics

Taught and designed by subject matter experts

Tyler Rodrigues PGCE, BScHons

Degree Major: Chemistry
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Graduated: 2005

Teaching experience

  • IEB Physical Science marker since 2009.
  • IEB National Subject Forum representative 2016-2018
  • Author of Advanced Programme Physics textbook and workbook.
  • HOD of Science at Maris Stella (IEB), KZN.
  • Previous HOD of Science at St.Henry’s Marist College (IEB), KZN.
  • Previous Physical Science teacher at Pinetown Boys’ High School (DBE), KZN.
  • Physical Science teacher since 2007

Crispian Lees MSc

Degree Major: Chemical Engineering
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Graduated: 2013

Teaching experience

  • Advantage Learn NBT teacher since 2018.
  • AP Maths teacher at Reddam House Umhlanga in 2018.
  • Process Engineer at Sasol 2013 – 2017
  • Advantage Learn science workshops educator since 2014.
  • Assistant lecturer (Chemical Engineering faculty at UKZN) in 2013.
  • Advantage Learn AP Maths teacher since 2013.
  • AP Maths teacher at Thomas More College 2009-2012.

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