This syllabus is designed to place less emphasis on factual materials and greater emphasis on the understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles. This approach has been adapted in recognition of the need for students to develop skills that will be of long term value in an increasingly technological world rather than focusing on large quantities of factual materials, which may have only short term relevance. 

It is important that, throughout the course, attention should be drawn to: 

(i) the finite life of the world’s resources and hence the need for recycling and conservation 

(ii) economic considerations in the chemical industry, such as the availability and cost of raw materials and energy 

(iii) the social, environmental, health and safety issues relating to the chemical industry 

(iv) the importance of chemicals in industry and in everyday life. 

It is envisaged that teaching and learning programmes based on this syllabus will feature a wide variety of learning experiences designed to promote acquisition of expertise and understanding. Teachers are encouraged to use a combination of appropriate strategies including developing appropriate practical work for their students to facilitate a greater understanding of the subject.

These are not listed in order of priority. The aims are to: 

  1. provide, through well-designed studies of experimental and practical chemistry, a worthwhile educational experience for all students, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level and, in particular, to enable them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to 
    1. become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance 
    2. recognise the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific methods and models and to appreciate their applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life 
    3. be suitably prepared for studies beyond Ordinary Level in chemistry, in applied sciences or in science-related courses. 
  2. develop abilities and skills that 
    1. are relevant to the study and practice of science
    2. are useful in everyday life 
    3. encourage efficient and safe practice 
    4. encourage effective communication. 
  3. develop attitudes relevant to science such as 
    1. accuracy and precision 
    2. objectivity
    3. integrity
    4. inquiry
    5. initiative
    6. inventiveness. 
  4. stimulate interest in and care for the local and global environment. 
  5. 5. promote an awareness that 
    1. the study and practice of science are co-operative and cumulative activities, and are subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations 
    2. the applications of science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment 
    3. science transcends national boundaries and that the language of science, correctly and rigorously applied, is universal 
    4. the use of information technology is important for communications, as an aid to experiments and as a tool for interpretation of experimental and theoretical results.