Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement Courses

Penn Foster's College Board authorized Advanced Placement courses can help prepare your students for a variety of AP exams.

Our most academically challenging curriculum consists of coursework designed to prepare students for pursuing admissions into 4 year college institutions¹. Full -credit courses are designed to be completed in 36 weeks (2 Semesters) and contain 120 hours of study time. Half-credit courses are designed to be completed in 18 weeks (1 Semester) and contain 60 hours of study time. All instructional support, textbooks, workbooks, online content, are included in the cost of the course.

¹ Remember, colleges have a variety of entry requirements, and not all colleges recognize all high school diplomas.

Advanced Placement Courses

English Literature & Composition

  • AP English Literature & Composition (1 credit)

    The AP English Literature and Composition course focuses on critical reading, interpretation, and writing. The course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of selected texts and in understanding how writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes as well as smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.


  • AP Microeconomics (1 credit)

    Microeconomics studies how consumers, businesses, and foreign governments interact in the marketplace to produce and sell products, how those products are priced, what resources businesses buy to produce those products, the prices that businesses pay to resources to produce those products, and how government policies (taxes, subsidies, quotas, antitrust laws, and price and non-price regulations) affect the interaction among consumers, businesses, and foreigners and the final outcome. The policy goals of microeconomics are the efficient allocation of resources and the equitable distribution of income.

World History

  • AP World History (1 credit)

    This course, which adopts the periodization approach to analyzing global events, is designed to challenge students to develop independent ideas. It provides a foundation that emphasizes encounters and interactions among civilizations, as well as facts and analysis, providing a framework that is especially important for building perspective on the complexities of today's world. Through evaluating and interpreting documents, exploring diverse ideas, comparing cultures, and examining patterns, students will improve their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills. The course imposes a heavy reading and writing load, and the demands on students are equivalent to a full-year introductory college course.

Human Geography

  • AP Human Geography (1 credit)

    This college-level course in human geography combines textbook readings with active involvement by the student in applying and interpreting geographic information. Students will learn the basics of human geography-what it is and how it's used, where on Earth people live and why they inhabit those particular places, and the nature of cultures and their use of land in various settings-as well as geographical concepts, models, and technologies. In addition, the course covers trends in population growth and movement, cultural differences, and political patterns and territoriality. Agriculture, industrialization and development, and urbanism comprise additional material in the course. Students will use maps and software to apply what they've learned in the textbook. Assigned activities on real-world subjects will guide students as they solve problems increasing their understanding of human geography and helping to build their critical-thinking skills. Writing assignments will help them prepare for free-response questions and semester projects will enable students to exercise their geographical skills as they gather, analyze, interpret, and report their findings.


  • AP Statistics (1 credit)

    In your AP Statistics course, you'll develop an understanding of variability through the process of analyzing data in realistic contexts. Beginning with the planning process, you'll learn methods of data collection, describing data using graphical and numerical summaries, analyzing data, and interpreting results. Through a series of Graphing Calculator Explorations and projects, you'll use graphing calculators to perform assigned tasks.