These are not listed in order of priority.
The aims are to:
- provide, through well-designed studies of experimental and practical science, 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
- become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance
- recognise the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life
- be suitably prepared for studies beyond Ordinary Level in related pure sciences, in applied sciences or in science-related courses.
- develop abilities and skills that
- are relevant to the study and practice of science
- are useful in everyday life
- encourage efficient and safe practice
- encourage effective communication.
- develop attitudes relevant to science such as
- accuracy and precision
- stimulate interest in and care for the local and global environment.
- promote an awareness that
- 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
- the applications of science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment
- science transcends national boundaries and that the language of science, correctly and rigorously applied, is universal
- 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.