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The syllabus development procedures adopted by the Council are based on the Council's firm belief that there should exist a close relationship between the schools' curriculum and the examinations. Syllabuses are therefore formulated by Panels of subject specialists drawn from those groups responsible for the design and the implementation of curriculum - classroom teachers, members of regional universities and other tertiary institutions and members of curriculum and testing units of Ministries of Education.

During the period of formulation of a syllabus, there is wide-ranging consultation involving teachers, interested organizations and groups in the participating territories. The draft syllabuses are circulated widely for comments. The draft syllabuses and the comments are then considered by a Sub-committee of the School Examinations Committee (SUBSEC), the members of which represent the teaching profession, the Ministries of Education and regional universities. The revised draft is then submitted to the School Examinations Committee (SEC) for its consideration and approval. Finally, the recommended syllabuses are submitted to the Council for its consideration and approval.

Syllabus Statement

The syllabus statement is set out in terms of general objectives and specific objectives, the latter indicating the knowledge and skills to be tested and reported as profiles. Also included in the statement is the format of the examination. Syllabuses in which there is a School-Based Assessment (SBA) component include a Teacher's Guide which identifies the demands and sets out in detail, the procedures for assessment..


Chemistry Unit 1

Module 1:         Fundamentals in Chemistry

Module 2:         Kinetics and Equilibria

Module 3:         Chemistry of the Elements

Chemistry Unit 2

Module 1:         The Chemistry of Carbon Compouns

Module 2:         Analytical Methods and Separation Techniques

Module 3:         Industry and the Environment

Chemistry is a branch of science concerned with the properties and interactions of the substances of which matter is composed. This CAPE Chemistry Syllabus provides the specific knowledge base and the skills and attitudes associated with advanced study of the subject. It is structured to ensure that students become aware of their moral, social and ethical responsibilities, as well as the benefits to be derived from the practical application of scientific knowledge.  Completion of the course of study outlined in this syllabus will enable persons to apply chemical principles to societal concerns such as birth control, communicable diseases, environmental pollution, global warming and the depletion of natural resources.

This syllabus is arranged into TWO Units, each made up of three Modules.

Unit 1: Chemical Principles and Applications I

Module 1          -          Fundamentals in Chemistry

Module 2           -          Kinetics and Equilibria

Module 3           -          Chemistry of the Elements

Unit 2: Chemical Principles and Applications II

Module 1          -          The Chemistry of Carbon Compounds

Module 2           -          Analytical Methods and Separation Techniques

Module 3           -          Industry and the Environment