The Further Studies Courses are designed
for Grade 12 learners to give academically gifted students the opportunity of
studying these subjects in greater depth. It also provides schools with an
opportunity to encourage self-study skills in learners. The Further Studies Courses are designed to develop independent and critical thinking skills, thus
preparing students for university study.
The IEB offers the
following Further Studies Courses:
- Further Studies Mathematics
- Further Studies English
- Further Studies Physics
The IEB’s Further Studies courses are available to both independent and State schools. These courses are quality assured by Stellenbosch University – Unit for International Credentialing (SU-UIC) and successful learners
receive a certificate issued by the IEB. The Further Studies courses in Mathematics and
English have been benchmarked by UK ENIC (previously known as UK NARIC) and are considered comparable in
demand to the UK A-levels.
Why the Further Studies courses?
The key purpose of the Further Studies courses in Mathematics, Physics, English and Afrikaans is to prepare learners
for tertiary study.
In Mathematics and
Physics the preparation is in the form of exposure to concepts and branches
that are part and parcel of the first year university studies in Mathematics, Physics
and related courses; the emphasis is on subject content and giving learners a
fundamental understanding of advanced mathematical and scientific concepts.
By contrast the Further Studies course in English is designed to encourage learners
to develop a strong sense of personal voice, both in relation to the texts they
have studied and the questions to which they must respond. The ability to
interrogate ideas and formulate responses across a wide range of texts is critical
in the learner’s development. This is encouraged by active involvement in
tutorial-style discussions following their independent reading of the texts.
The programme is designed to promote independent study and build confidence
through the freedom to articulate opinions and defend them, and in being able
to interrogate the opinions of others. Key traits such as independent thinking
and self-discipline are developed and will sustain learners as they advance
To find out how to register email Kgomotso Tau