Further Studies Maths

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

From R894.85 per month (alternative payment plans available)

4.53/5 (40 ratings)

3-year programme
Grade 10-12
Course Brochure
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
In-Person Lessons

In-Person lessons are for learners who want a regular structure to learning Further Studies Maths by attending weekly in-person lessons available for learners based in Durban.

  • Learners can engage and ask questions in a classroom environment.
  • Weekly in-person lessons taught by our Further Studies Maths educators.
  • Attendance and progress are tracked in line with the lesson programme.
  • Includes a physical write-on workbook.

Want to know more about Further Studies Maths?

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.

Term dates are unconfirmed at this stage and will be released by 1 November 2023.


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 but your extended programme modules may be taught via a guided online medium.

Upon successful application into 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 R8,135.04 R8,414.63 R8,613.71
Early bird, upfront payment discount (apply before 10 December 2023, pay before the end of January 2024) R7,321.54 R7,573.16 R7,824.79
Per semester (2 payments) R4,067.52 R4,207.31 R4,347.11
Per month (starts February, ends November - 10 payments by debit order ending in November 2024)* R894.85 R925.61 R956.36

* Applications close on 10 January 2024, any applications beyond this date will incur a 10% late fee.
** 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 be adjusted and will be calculated at the point of joining.
**** Semester payment deadline is within two weeks of the start of each semester.
***** Debit orders will only be allowed for those who apply to join the programme before the 10th of April 2024.


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

Modules Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Calculus and Algebra Available for all learning streams Available for all learning streams Available for all learning streams
Statistics Available for all learning streams Available for all learning streams Available for all learning streams
Finance and modelling Guided Online lessons only Guided Online lessons only Guided Online lessons only
Graph theory and matrices Guided Online lessons only Guided Online lessons only Guided Online lessons only

*In-person learning stream subject to minimum learner numbers.

Live Online & In-Person lessons timetable

The 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.

The timetable below is preliminary and will be finalised by 1 November 2023.

Lessons Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
In Person Tuesday Monday Wednesday
Live Online 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 throughout the programme to determine their understanding of the subject. Assessment dates will be provided before the programme begins

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 2024 by successful application only. Applications close on 10 January 2024 and late applications will incur a 10% admin fee. 

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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.

Emily Rivett-Carnac MSc

Degree Major: Mathematics (Cum Laude)
Institution: University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Graduated: 2020

Teaching experience

  • Advantage Learn NBT, Mathematics and Advanced Programme Mathematics educator since 2018
  • Private Mathematics tutor for high school and university learners in the IEB, DBE and IGCSE curricular since 2011
  • Currently completing her PhD in Pure Mathematics

Roxy Lewis Bsc Hons (Cum laude)

Degree Major: Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Graduated: 2008

Teaching experience

  • Advantage Learn AP Maths (Grades 10, 11 and 12) and NBT teacher since 2014
  • IEB AP Maths (Statistics Module) marker since 2020
  • Ran a Maths Clinic at Greenside High School (2016-2020)
  • Statistics (1st year) tutor UKZN (2008)
  • Maths, AP Maths, Statistics, Physics tutor for high school and university learners since 2009

Andrew Gomes BEngSc, PGCE, Honours (with distinction)

Degree Major: Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics and currently pursuing Masters in Pure Mathematics
Institution: University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Graduated: 2021 (Honours)

Teaching experience

  • Mathematics & AP Mathematics teacher at Redhill School.
  • Advantage Learn NBT educator since 2021.
  • International Baccalaureate Mathematics educator. 
  • Previous Mathematics & AP Mathematics teacher at Edenvale High School.
  • Partner and Head Tutor of Mathematics at The Knowledge Box from 2015 until 2018.


Informative lessons, quite helpful in some aspects, however I felt the lessons were quite long without sufficient breaks more especially for the AQL class.

- Mohammed Razeen Patel -

Good experience. Helped me to achieve good marks in the NBT tests.

- Robert Orrock -

Extremely helpful! Managed to achieve 86 for the math with the use of Advantage Learn! Highly recommend

- ammaarahadams2 -

I found the workshop really helpful. I was well-equipped to tackle the AQL!

- Ipeleng Tshukudu -

Advantage Learn really helped me. I gain a lot from these classes. I wish everyone should start here before writing the NBT.

- nonhloniphonosiphodlamini -

I have enjoyed my time in learning at Advantage learn. There are so many helpful resources and the teachers are very patient and friendly. It has been tough but I enjoyed every moment.

- Mihle Manana -

A good course, well taught administrated

- heather.mahood -

The teacher are amazing, as they make sure that you understand what they are teaching and they do not leave any question not answered. It drastically increased my love for maths on another level, which this is evident in my school maths marks. I really enjoy this programme and would love to encourage everyone to join it

- Nosipho Mthethwa -

I thoroughly enjoy the content of the FS Physics syllabus and enjoy the way in which it is presented. The textbooks as well as the slides are beneficial in learning about new concepts. Mr Rod is very passionate about the work and teaches in a way that captures my attention fully and allows me to understand the concepts clearly. Everyone has their own schedule and program for tests, assessments, tasks and examinations, therefore, a fixed time schedule for writing tests or exams is inconvenient. An open period of at least two weeks to write assessments could be beneficial to all students as they can then plan their time accordingly. For example, Ssir with whom I do extra IT has an open period to write tests. Assessments counting out of low marks results in a high percentage impact due to a few mistakes can be detrimental to the overall average of students. Removing marks from these tests and counting them out of less can reduce the overall average by a lot and greatly impact a student's results. Problems with a lot of steps should rather be written down and submitted to assess workings and the capabilities of the students, which will result in a more fair reflection of their ability.

- nicolebooyens -

I take further studies physics. I am a fan of physics and intend on going far with it, in my life after high school. Often sitting in my physics class, I feel very restricted by the core physics curriculum's depth, I have always wanted more! And that's what Advantage Learn Further Studies Physics is doing for me. For example - from our thermodynamics course, I learn that the rule hot things expand and cold things contract is general - with water being one of the substances that don't follow that rule. While it sometimes feels extremely difficult to maintain my grade 11 work and extracurricular activities simultaneously with making time to attend and give my energy to further physics, I always enjoy the lessons even though they may be a bit lengthy sometimes :). Our teacher, Tyler Rodrigues explains the work concisely and encourages further discussions on contemporary research on related topics. I am quite happy with having Further Studies Physics with Advantage Learn!

- mokaetumiso -

The most competent and reliable online school I've enrolled in.

- Eugenie Burger -

I have really enjoyed my further studies program with advantage learn. The teachers are amazing and they are always willing to go the extra mile in order to help out. The content that you learn here, expands your way of thinking and helps to develop your problem-solving skills, which is a very useful technique to have in and out of school. Thank you.

- Kausha Pillay -

It's great, valuable, and well run.

- saul.fox -

It is really helpful and challenging. At school I just feel that I am not challenged but here I feel that I found my level and it is also fun and well as educative

- raghavberawala0 -

I take Further studies in Maths & Physics. I am also in the Maths Academy. The teachers are outstanding, and I couldn't have wished for better. I have definitely improved in my core subjects and definitely recommend taking either course. Further studies in maths & Physics are incredibly challenging but the approach that the teachers at advantage learn takes to make it easy truly does help. Ever since I enrolled with the Maths Academy, I haven't seen a mark lower than a distinction in maths core. The team at Advantage Learn does make learning easier and more enjoyable and I recommend them to everyone.

- Hazeeq Patel -

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