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Course image CSEC Economics
CSEC

The Economics Syllabus introduces students to relevant economic concepts and principles that will provide the foundation necessary for a proper understanding of how economies work, especially the economies of small states like those in the Caribbean. It also gives students the critical knowledge and skills to communicate ideas using the language and tools of the discipline of Economics.


The Economics Syllabus provides a useful foundation not only for further study in Economics but also for study in other Social Science subjects, including History, Politics, Business and International Relations. In summary, the syllabus seeks to equip students with the basic tools necessary for an understanding and interpretation of economic phenomena experienced by Caribbean people and for communicating, intelligently and effectively, on economic issues in the region and the wider international community.


The syllabus is arranged in seven sections, subdivided into specific objectives and corresponding content.


Section 1 - The Nature of Economics

Section 2 - Production, Economic Resources and Resource Allocation

Section 3 - Markets and Prices

Section 4 - The Financial Sector

Section 5 - Economic Management: Policies and Goals

Section 6 - International Trade

Section 7 - Caribbean Economies in a Global Environment


Course image CSEC Information Technology
CSEC

This syllabus is designed to provide a coherent view of the significance of information in a socio-economic context. Emphasis is placed on application of knowledge, problem-solving using the computer, and proficiency in using productivity tools. This approach has been adopted in recognition of the impact that changes in the availability of information can have on the educational process. Focus is placed on getting students to develop skills for life in an increasingly technological world, rather than on students absorbing a myriad of seemingly unrelated facts which may have only short term relevance


The syllabus aims to expose candidates to a wide range of Information and Communication Technologies, affording learning experiences which include an element of discovery, and foster self-confidence. Candidates would also acquire computer-related practical skills that will prepare them to meet the region’s need for increased productivity and efficiency in a fast changing technological world. The syllabus has been organized to offer certification at the General Proficiency only.


The syllabus is organised under eight main sections.

Section 1 - Fundamentals of Hardware and Software
Section 2- Problem-Solving and Program Design
Section 3 - Program Implementation
Section 4 - Applications and Implications of Information and Communications Technology

Section 5 - Information Processing
Section 6 - Word processing, Presentation and Web Page Design
Section 7 - Spreadsheets
Section 8 - Database Management

Course image CSEC Principles of Business
CSEC

Principles of Business focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of business activities. It provides a framework to assist in more informed decision-making by individuals in their role of producers or consumers. This syllabus provides opportunity for students to develop entrepreneurial and managerial skills necessary to survive and prosper in a local, regional and global dynamic business environment. It also engages students in conducting research which helps to improve their communication and critical thinking skills and creates an awareness of business ethics and social responsibilities.


The Principles of Business syllabus is arranged in into 10 sections.


Profile Dimension 1 – Organisational Principles

Section 1 - The Nature of Business

Section 2 - Internal Organisational Environment

Section 3 - Establishing a Business

Section 4 - Legal Aspects of Business


Profile Dimension 2 – Production, Marketing and Finance

Section 5 - Production

Section 6 - Marketing

Section 7 - Business Finance


Profile Dimension 3 – The Business Environment

Section 8 - Role of Government in an Economy

Section 9 - Social Accounting and Global Trade

Section 10 - Regional and Global Business Environment


Course image CSEC Office Administration
CSEC

Office Administration is a Business Education subject concerned with the study of administrative principles, policies, procedures and technological competencies governing the modern office environment. The content and teaching strategies used reflect current trends in the modern office. The syllabus aims to provide students with knowledge, skills and attitudes for immediate access to entry-level positions such as administrative assistants, clerical assistants, receptionists, record management clerks, accounting clerks and factory and dispatch clerks and other related positions.


The syllabus adopts a practical approach, aimed at equipping students with the technical and professional skills to perform effectively, and for mobility as administrative support personnel within an organisation. Further, it seeks to nurture and improve students’ social and personal management skills and foster the development of a positive work ethic. In addition, the syllabus provides the foundation for students desirous of furthering their education in other related fields.


The syllabus is arranged in 12 sections, subdivided into specific objectives and corresponding content.


Section I - Office Orientation
Section II - Communication
Section III - Recruitment and Orientation
Section IV - Records and Information Management

Section V - Reception and Hospitality
Section VI - Meetings
Section VII - Travel Arrangements
Section VIII - Human Resources Management

Section IX - Accounts and Financial Services
Section X - Procurement and Inventory Management
Section XI - Sales, Marketing and Customer Service
Section XII - Operations, Despatch and Transport services

Course image CSEC French
CSEC

The Modern Languages Syllabus focuses on developing students’ ability to communicate in two of the languages in use in the Caribbean region. As students develop the competence to listen, speak, read and write in French and Spanish and interpret aspects of the culture in which the languages are embedded, they acquire the means to facilitate deeper interaction with our Caribbean neighbours.


The syllabus is organised around three main concepts: Functions and Notions, Settings and Topics and Grammar and Lexis. In the syllabus, emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to use the target language in a functional way. Therefore, the basic functions needed for communication are identified. Functions, however, are performed in particular contexts and, therefore, the settings in which the functions are likely to be performed are identified.


This approach used in organising the syllabus seeks to shift attention away from a purely structural approach to a more communicative one. It is expected that students following this syllabus will be able to carry out these functions in the target language based on the following topics – Home and Family, School and Career, Sports and Recreation, Daily Routines, Shopping and Travel.


Course image CSEC Spanish
CSEC

The Modern Languages Syllabus focuses on developing students’ ability to communicate in two of the languages in use in the Caribbean region. As students develop the competence to listen, speak, read and write in French and Spanish and interpret aspects of the culture in which the languages are embedded, they acquire the means to facilitate deeper interaction with our Caribbean neighbours.


The syllabus is organised around three main concepts: Functions and Notions, Settings and Topics and Grammar and Lexis. In the syllabus, emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to use the target language in a functional way. Therefore, the basic functions needed for communication are identified. Functions, however, are performed in particular contexts and, therefore, the settings in which the functions are likely to be performed are identified.


This approach used in organising the syllabus seeks to shift attention away from a purely structural approach to a more communicative one. It is expected that students following this syllabus will be able to carry out these functions in the target language based on the following topics – Home and Family, School and Career, Sports and Recreation, Daily Routines, Shopping and Travel.


Course image CSEC Social Studies
CSEC

Social Studies contributes to the effective development of the learner by increasing personal and social awareness, and by placing emphasis on values as well as on social and interpersonal relationships. This syllabus seeks to ensure that students develop the necessary skills and at the same time introduces them to knowledge of social phenomena that may enhance their effectiveness as social participants in the Caribbean community. It is also intended that, through the syllabus, the process of valuing would be made conscious so that persons become aware of their position, thus enabling them to bring conscious criteria to bear on their choices as social participants.


Although the main focus of the syllabus is the Caribbean, opportunities have been provided for the treatment of international issues which have a bearing on Caribbean development.


The syllabus content is organised into three major sections. Students are required to complete Sections A and B and one Option from Section C.


Section A - Individual, Family and Society

Section B - Sustainable Development and Use of Resources (i) Development and Use of Resources (ii) Regional Integration


Section C

Options

C1 – Communication

C2 – Consumer Affairs

C3 – Tourism


Course image CSEC Principles of Accounts
CSEC

Principles of Accounts is a course of study that provides an introduction to the principles and techniques that accountants employ in measuring, processing, evaluating and communicating information about the financial performance and position of a business.


The course in Principles of Accounts helps students to develop an understanding of a range of theoretical and practical techniques used in accounting. It helps to develop skills that should enable them to participate more effectively and responsibly in today’s business environment, to improve the management of personal financial activities, such as, budgeting, savings and investment. In addition, this course prepares students for postsecondary and professional studies in accounting.


The syllabus is arranged in 14 sections consisting of specific objectives and related content.

Section 1 - Introduction to Principles of Accounts

Section 2 - The Classified Balance Sheet

Section 3 - Books of Original Entry

Section 4 - Ledgers and the Trial Balance

Section 5 - The Preparation and Analysis of Financial Statements of the Sole-trader


Section 6 - End of Period Adjustments

Section 7 - Control Systems

Section 8 - Incomplete Records

Section 9 - Accounting for Partnerships

Section 10 - Accounting for Corporations (Limited Liability Companies)


Section 11 - Accounting for Co-operative Societies

Section 12 - Accounting for Non-Trading (Non Profit) Organisations

Section 13 - Manufacturing Accounts

Section 14 - Payroll Accounting


Course image CSEC Human & Social Biology
CSEC

Human and Social Biology is concerned with the study of the structure and functioning of the human body. It also involves the application of biological principles, knowledge and skills, and technological advances, to the maintenance of health and to solve the problems of living together. The subject incorporates the view that human beings have a responsibility to their environment and, as such, have an obligation to conserve, protect, maintain and improve its quality.


The CSEC Human and Social Biology syllabus is designed to allow students to work individually and cooperatively, utilizing theoretical concepts of the course in interactive and practical activities. Students are expected to apply investigative and problem-solving skills, be effective in communicating scientific knowledge and demonstrate an appreciation for all living organisms in their environment.


The syllabus is organised under five main sections:

Section I - Living organisms and the environment

Section II - Life processes

Section III - Heredity and variation

Section IV - Disease and its impact on humans

Section V - The impact of health practices on the environment


Course image CSEC Physics
CSEC

Physics is a science that deals with matter and energy and their interactions. It is concerned with systems, laws, models, principles and theories that explain the physical behaviour of our world and the universe. Physics is regarded as a fundamental scientific discipline since all advances in technology can be traced either directly or indirectly to the physical laws and theories.


The CSEC Physics Syllabus is redesigned with a greater emphasis on the application of scientific concepts and principles. Such an approach is adopted in order to develop those long-term transferrable skills of ethical conduct, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, innovation and communication. In addition, it encourages the use of various teaching and learning strategies to inculcate these skills while, at the same time catering to multiple intelligences and different learning styles and needs. The syllabus will assist students to develop positive values and attitudes towards the physical components of the environment and will also provide a sound foundation for those who wish to pursue further studies in science.


The syllabus is arranged in five sections, namely:

Section A - Mechanics

Section B - Thermal Physics and Kinetic Theory

Section C - Waves and Optics

Section D - Electricity and Magnetism

Section E - The Physics of the Atom


Course image CSEC Biology
CSEC

Biology is the discipline in science, which seeks to understand the organisation of the organic world through an exploration of the structure and function of life forms at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels, as well as the complex interactions and interdependencies which occur at each of these levels. This knowledge provides the foundation for understanding the opportunities for promoting the well-being of humans and other living organisms in the environment. It generates an awareness of the importance of our biodiversity and the unique role of humans in conserving, protecting and improving the quality of the biological environment for future generations.


The CSEC Biology Syllabus is redesigned with a greater emphasis on the application of scientific concepts and principles. It recognises the need for an understanding of some of the basic principles of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and, therefore seeks to strengthen the inter-relationship with these subjects. It also recognises the inter-relatedness among the topics in Biology, and social and environmental issues. Such an approach is adopted to develop those long-term transferable skills of ethical conduct, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and innovation and communication. It encourages the use of various teaching and learning strategies to inculcate these skills that will prove useful in everyday life, while at the same time catering to multiple intelligences and different learning styles and needs. It will provide a sound foundation to pursue the study of Life Sciences and related professions at the postsecondary level.


The syllabus is arranged in three sections namely:

Section A - Living Organisms in the Environment

Section B - Life Processes and Disease

Section C - Continuity and Variation


Course image CSEC Chemistry
CSEC

Chemistry is concerned with the physical and chemical properties of substances and the interaction of energy and matter. The study of Chemistry involves an investigation into chemical reactions and processes. The discipline seeks to explain and predict events at the atomic and molecular level. Through the principles of Chemistry, students will understand everyday life, nature and technology, and the significance of the well-being of man and the environment.


The CSEC Chemistry Syllabus is redesigned to allow students to work individually and with others in practical, field and interactive activities that are related to theoretical concepts in the course. It is expected that students will apply investigative and problem-solving skills, effectively communicate scientific information and appreciate the contribution that a study of chemistry makes to their understanding of the world. The syllabus places greater emphasis on the understanding and application of chemical concepts and principles and different learning styles and needs, so that students will develop skills that will be of long term value in an increasingly technological world, rather than focusing on large quantities of factual information. In addition, it encourages the use of various teaching and learning strategies while at the same time catering to multiple intelligences.


The syllabus is divided into three sections, namely:

Section A - Principles of Chemistry

Section B - Organic Chemistry

Section C - Inorganic Chemistry


Course image CSEC Mathematics
CSEC

The Mathematics syllabus explains general and unifying concepts that facilitate the study of Mathematics as a coherent subject rather than as a set of unrelated topics.


The syllabus seeks to provide for the needs of specific mathematical techniques in the future careers of students, for example, in agriculture and in commercial and technical fields. By the end of the normal secondary school course, students should appreciate that the various branches of Mathematics are not rigidly segregated and that the approach to the solution of any problem is not necessarily unique.


The syllabus is arranged in ten sections:


Section 1 - Computation
Section 2 - Number Theory
Section 3 - Consumer Arithmetic
Section 4 - Sets
Section 5- Measurement

Section 6 - Statistics
Section 7 - Algebra
Section 8 - Relations, Functions and Graphs
Section 9 - Geometry and Trigonometry
Section 10 - Vectors and Matrices

Course image CSEC English A
CSEC

Students who do the English course will explore receptively and expressively three major literary modes, Drama, Poetry, and Prose Fiction, in order to become aware of the many functions and purposes of language. In doing so, they will discover that the four facets of language arts, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, are closely linked together and are interdependent.


Syllabus objectives are organised under understanding and expression in order to guide curriculum development, to give meaning to a teaching programme and to define an assessment scheme that reinforces an English syllabus which has been conceived as an integrated approach to language teaching and which enables students to appreciate the holistic nature of language learning.


The English Syllabus is organised for examination as English A and English B. The former emphasises the development of oral and written language skills among students through a variety of strategies. The latter provides opportunities for students to explore and respond critically to specific literary texts as they observe and appreciate the author’s craft.


Course image CAPE Management of Business Unit 2
CAPE

The CAPE Management of Business syllabus provides not only a good foundation for further study of Management of Business and other related disciplines at the tertiary level, but also opportunities for students to function not only in existing business organisations, but also as successful entrepreneurs having developed the required knowledge and understanding of management principles, practices, and skills required to address managerial problems and the challenges faced by businesses


Unit 2: Application in Management


Module 1 - Production and Operations Management
Module 2 - Fundamentals of Marketing
Module 3 - Small Business Management

Course image CAPE Management of Business Unit 1
CAPE

Management of Business procedures involved in managing a successful business enterprise.


The CAPE Management of Business syllabus provides not only a good foundation for further study of Management of Business and other related disciplines at the tertiary level, but also opportunities for students to function not only in existing business organisations, but also as successful entrepreneurs having developed the required knowledge and understanding of management principles, practices, and skills required to address managerial problems and the challenges faced by businesses


The syllabus is divided into two (2) Units. Each Unit comprises three Modules.

Unit 1: Management Principles and Processes


Module 1 - Business and its Environment
Module 2 - The Management of People
Module 3 - Business Finance and Accounting

Course image CAPE Law Unit 2
CAPE

Law is a system of rules usually enforced through a series of institutions. The CAPE Law Syllabus assists persons who wish to embark on further study and training for entry into the legal profession; it also addresses the needs of other persons engaged in occupations which require some knowledge of the law, such as clerks, paralegals, administrators, managers, the police and other public officers. It serves to inform persons of their rights and obligations, and to inculcate in them certain positive values, which are necessary in a civilised society.


The syllabus is arranged into two Units. Each Unit consists of three Modules.


Module 1 - Law of Tort
Module 2 - Law of Contract
Module 3 - Real Property

Course image CAPE Law Unit 1
CAPE

Law is a system of rules usually enforced through a series of institutions. The CAPE Law Syllabus assists persons who wish to embark on further study and training for entry into the legal profession; it also addresses the needs of other persons engaged in occupations which require some knowledge of the law, such as clerks, paralegals, administrators, managers, the police and other public officers. It serves to inform persons of their rights and obligations, and to inculcate in them certain positive values, which are necessary in a civilised society.


The syllabus is arranged into two Units. Each Unit consists of three Modules.


Module 1 - Caribbean Legal Systems
Module 2 - Principles of Public Law
Module 3 - Criminal Law

Course image CAPE Accounting Unit 2
CAPE

Accounting is the financial information system that provides relevant information to anyone who owns, manages or uses economic resources or engages in economic activity. The syllabus provides opportunities for students to acquire relevant competencies, attitudes and values for the work environment and to develop an awareness of the social and ethical responsibilities of accountants and users of financial information. Additionally, the syllabus provides a foundation for further study of Accounting at pre-professional and professional levels.


This is a two-Unit syllabus. Each Unit is further subdivided into three (3) Modules.

Module 1 - Costing Principles 

Module 2 - Costing Systems

Module 3 - Planning and Decision Making



Course image CAPE Accounting Unit 1
CAPE

Accounting is the financial information system that provides relevant information to anyone who owns, manages or uses economic resources or engages in economic activity. The syllabus provides opportunities for students to acquire relevant competencies, attitudes and values for the work environment and to develop an awareness of the social and ethical responsibilities of accountants and users of financial information. Additionally, the syllabus provides a foundation for further study of Accounting at pre-professional and professional levels.


This is a two-Unit syllabus. Each Unit is further subdivided into three (3) Modules.


Unit 1: Financial Accounting

Module 1 - Accounting THeory, Recording, and Contol Systems

Module 2 - Preparation of Financial Statements

Module 3 - Financial Reporting and Interpretation



Course image CAPE Economics Unit 2
CAPE

Economics is the study of how society provides for itself by making the most efficient use of scarce resources so that both private and social welfare may be improved. The CAPE Economics Syllabus is intended to promote knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of economics and to foster an appreciation of the various methods used by economists in analysing economic problems. The knowledge and skills acquired will enable students to contribute to the economic and social development of the Caribbean.


UNIT 2: MACROECONOMICS


Module 1 - Models of the Macroeconomy

Module 2 - Macroeconomic Problems and Policies

Module 3 - Growth, Sustainable Development and Global Relations


Course image CAPE Economics Unit 1
CAPE

Economics is the study of how society provides for itself by making the most efficient use of scarce resources so that both private and social welfare may be improved. The CAPE Economics Syllabus is intended to promote knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of economics and to foster an appreciation of the various methods used by economists in analysing economic problems. The knowledge and skills acquired will enable students to contribute to the economic and social development of the Caribbean.


The syllabus is arranged into two Units. Each Unit consists of three Modules.


UNIT 1: MICROECONOMICS


Module 1 - Methodology: Demand and Supply

Module 2 - Market Structure, Market Failure and Intervention

Module 3 - Distribution Theory



Course image CAPE Physics Unit 2
CAPE

Physics is the study of nature, conducted in order to understand how the world around us behaves. Physics study matter and its motion, as well as space and time and explores concepts such as forceenergymass, and charge. The CAPE Physics Syllabus will enable persons to be aware of the laws and theories of Physics that influence every aspect of their physical existence and to acquire understanding and knowledge of technological and scientific application of Physics, especially in the Caribbean context. The CAPE Physics Syllabus is structured to ensure that students become aware of their moral, social, and ethical responsibilities as well as the benefits intrinsic to the practical application of scientific knowledge in careers in the field of science. The syllabus also helps to develop an understanding of the scientific process, its usefulness and its limitations.


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


Unit 2Electricity and Magnetism, A.C. Theory and Atomic and Nuclear Physics


Module 1 - Electricity and Magnetism

Module 2 - A. C. Theory and Electronics

Module 3 - Atomic and Nuclear Physics


Course image CAPE Physics Unit 1
CAPE

Physics is the study of nature, conducted in order to understand how the world around us behaves. Physics study matter and its motion, as well as space and time and explores concepts such as forceenergymass, and charge. The CAPE Physics Syllabus will enable persons to be aware of the laws and theories of Physics that influence every aspect of their physical existence and to acquire understanding and knowledge of technological and scientific application of Physics, especially in the Caribbean context. The CAPE Physics Syllabus is structured to ensure that students become aware of their moral, social, and ethical responsibilities as well as the benefits intrinsic to the practical application of scientific knowledge in careers in the field of science. The syllabus also helps to develop an understanding of the scientific process, its usefulness and its limitations.


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


Unit 1Mechanics, Waves, Properties of Matter


Module 1 - Mechanics

Module 2 - Oscillations and Waves

Module 3 - Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Matter


Course image CAPE Chemistry Unit 2
CAPE

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 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


Course image CAPE Chemistry Unit 1
CAPE

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


Course image CAPE Biology Unit 2
CAPE

Biology is the scientific study of living organisms. The study of this subject leads to an understanding and appreciation of the concepts of life at all levels and hence to a greater respect and reverence for life. The interconnected web of life and the unique role of the human species are integral to the dynamic value of the biosphere. The CAPE Biology Syllabus prepares students to acquire knowledge about how to protect, sustain, conserve and improve the variety of life in the ecosphere. It also provides a foundation for persons wishing to pursue careers in biological, environmental, agricultural, medical, paramedical and applied science.


Unit 2: Bioenergetics, Biosystems and Applications

Module 1 - Bioenergetics

Module 2 - Biosystems Maintenance

Module 3 - Applications of Biology


Course image CAPE Biology Unit 1
CAPE

Biology is the scientific study of living organisms. The study of this subject leads to an understanding and appreciation of the concepts of life at all levels and hence to a greater respect and reverence for life. The interconnected web of life and the unique role of the human species are integral to the dynamic value of the biosphere. The CAPE Biology Syllabus prepares students to acquire knowledge about how to protect, sustain, conserve and improve the variety of life in the ecosphere. It also provides a foundation for persons wishing to pursue careers in biological, environmental, agricultural, medical, paramedical and applied science.


Unit 1: Biomolecules, Reproduction and Development


Module 1 - Cell and Molecular Biology

Module 2 - Genetics, Variation and Natural Selection

Module 3 - Reproductive Biology


Course image CAPE Caribbean Studies
CAPE

Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws on perspectives, largely from the humanities and social sciences to provide an understanding of Caribbean society and cultures. This interdisciplinary subject provides students with the opportunity to study issues relevant to the distinctive physical, political and socio-economic challenges facing the small states which comprise the region. Such study integrates perspectives from various disciplines including, Cultural Studies and Ethics, Economics, Government and Politics, History, International relations, Physical and Human Ecology, and Sociology, as tools for understanding Caribbean society and culture.


The CAPE Caribbean Studies Syllabus defines the Caribbean region in terms of its geography, common historical experiences, cultural identities, participation in the global community, intermixing of diverse ethnic and racial groups, and its continuing struggle for survival and sovereignty.

Persons who successfully complete this course will have developed an appreciation of the challenges and potential of being Caribbean citizens. They will understand their roles and responsibilities in preserving and contributing to their Caribbean heritage and the importance of regional cooperation for the development of the Caribbean.


The Caribbean Studies Syllabus comprises three Modules:

Module 1 - Caribbean Society and Culture

Module 2 - Issues in Caribbean Development

Module 3 - Investigating Issues in the Caribbean


Course image CAPE Communication Studies
CAPE

Communication Studies builds students’ awareness of the centrality of language to the normal functioning of human beings and facilitates their ability to operate in the Caribbean linguistic environment and beyond. It also provides students with the confidence to respond appropriately and creatively to the implied challenges of that environment through the development of their language awareness and communicative competencies. It focuses primarily on the development of advanced competencies in Standard English, particularly Caribbean Standard English. At the same time, it attempts to develop an appreciation of the linguistic diversity of the Caribbean. In addition, it explores the implications of this diversity for social, cultural and economic transactions.


This syllabus consists of three Modules.

Module 1 - Gathering and Processing Information

Module 2 - Language and Community

Module 3 - Speaking and Writing


Course image CAPE Information Technology U1
Unit 1

Information Technology is the study, design, development, implementation, support and management of computer-based information systems, including software applications and computer hardware. The CAPE Information Technology Syllabus will enable students to use technology to participate in, and contribute to the new technological world. They will become conscious of the impact of Information and Communication Technologies, and how the appropriate use of Information Technology can help to solve problems, including those of an economic, social or personal nature. This syllabus emphasises the importance of Information Technology to the economic and social development of the region.

Course image CAPE Financial Service Studies U1
Unit 1

The study of CAPE® Financial Services Studies will assist in the formal preparation and certification of Caribbean persons to access an untapped market space and contribute to the development of more competent international financial services experts in an area which is poised for high profitable growth across the Region.

This program will contribute to a Caribbean person who is more aware of the international importance of the financial services industry and the impact of international financial policies on the Caribbean. This will lead to a better quality of life for present and future generations while providing wealth creation through new and innovative job opportunities and other economic possibilities including entrepreneurship.


Course image CAPE Computer Science U1
Unit 1

Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. The CAPE Computer Science Syllabus provides persons with advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to understand the uses and the impact of computer technologies, and to use the technology to create new computer applications for all areas of human activity. This syllabus provides opportunity for the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes as preparation for further studies in Computer Science and the world of work.

Course image CAPE Sociology U1
Unit 1

Sociology is a scientific study of social interactions, social institutions, social patterns and social change of human society guided by sociological theories and methods. Caribbean society has been shaped by historical forces which have led to the emergence of several small diverse and divided societies, each unique in many respects but sharing a common history of colonialism, slavery and indentureship. Despite evidence of socio-economic transformation and the influence of globalisation, the region still maintains a distinct identity. In this regard, sociology can equip students with the necessary knowledge, orientation and skills for understanding society in general and Caribbean Society in particular.

The syllabus introduces students to theories and research methods of sociology, the sociological perspective and the processes of social structural change with specific emphasis on the development and modernisation of societies. Students will acquire a set of sociological competencies that will enable them to use the practical and problem-solving approaches to the analysis of society.


Course image CAPE Entrepreneurship U1
Unit 1

Entrepreneurship seeks to empower students by providing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve entrepreneurial success in a variety of settings. It places emphasis on the individual’s acumen to realize the opportunity, assess risk, and apply the skills necessary to transform innovative ideas into viable, sustainable ventures. The CAPE Entrepreneurship syllabus provides students with the mindset that supports creativity and innovation needed to transform ideas into ventures that create value and wealth. The syllabus seeks to fill that void in the continuum from idea generation to venture creation.

Several governments, as well as many non-governmental organizations in the region have implemented entrepreneurial initiatives which offer training, tax incentives, funding, and start-up support to individuals to assist them in actualising entrepreneurial ambitions. The syllabus apprises students of ways to access these training, technical support, funding and legislative incentives.

The syllabus addresses fundamentals of entrepreneurial behavior and thinking and engages students in practical experiences through idea generation and opportunity identification to implementing, managing, and harvesting a venture. The syllabus also acquaints students with the essentials of business ownership, legal and regulatory frameworks, the importance of market research, feasibility analysis and the development of a business model in order to successfully compete in the global marketplace. The syllabus provides a good foundation for further studies in Entrepreneurship, starting and operating a venture and/or becoming an entrepreneurial employee (intrapreneur).


Course image CAPE Management of Business U1
Unit 1

Management of Business procedures involved in managing a successful business enterprise.

The CAPE Management of Business syllabus provides not only a good foundation for further study of Management of Business and other related disciplines at the tertiary level, but also opportunities for students to function not only in existing business organizations, but also as successful entrepreneurs having developed the required knowledge and understanding of management principles, practices, and skills required to address managerial problems and the challenges faced by businesses


Course image CAPE Economics U1
Unit 1

Economics is the study of how society provides for itself by making the most efficient use of scarce resources so that both private and social welfare may be improved. The CAPE Economics Syllabus is intended to promote knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of economics and to foster an appreciation of the various methods used by economists in analysing economic problems. The knowledge and skills acquired will enable students to contribute to the economic and social development of the Caribbean.

Course image CAPE Chemistry U1
Unit 1

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.

Course image CAPE Communication Studies U2
Unit 1

Communication Studies builds students’ awareness of the centrality of language to the normal functioning of human beings and facilitates their ability to operate in the Caribbean linguistic environment and beyond. It also provides students with the confidence to respond appropriately and creatively to the implied challenges of that environment through the development of their language awareness and communicative competencies. It focuses primarily on the development of advanced competencies in Standard English, particularly Caribbean Standard English. At the same time, it attempts to develop an appreciation of the linguistic diversity of the Caribbean. In addition, it explores the implications of this diversity for social, cultural and economic transactions

Course image CAPE Pure Mathematics U1
Unit 1

Mathematics is one of the oldest and most universal means of creating, communicating, connecting and applying structural and quantitative ideas. Students doing this syllabus will have already been exposed to Mathematics in some form mainly through courses that emphasise skills in using mathematics as a tool, rather than giving insight into the underlying concepts.

This syllabus will not only provide students with more advanced mathematical ideas, skills and techniques, but encourage them to understand the concepts involved, why and how they “work” and how they are interconnected. It is also to be hoped that, in this way, students will lose the fear associated with having to learn a multiplicity of seemingly unconnected facts, procedures and formulae. In addition, the course should show them that mathematical concepts lend themselves to generalisations, and that there is enormous scope for applications to solving real problems. The course is therefore intended to provide quality in selected areas rather than in a large number of topics.


Course image CAPE Management of Business U2
Unit 2

Management of Business procedures involved in managing a successful business enterprise.

The CAPE Management of Business syllabus provides not only a good foundation for further study of Management of Business and other related disciplines at the tertiary level, but also opportunities for students to function not only in existing business organisations, but also as successful entrepreneurs having developed the required knowledge and understanding of management principles, practices, and skills required to address managerial problems and the challenges faced by businesses


Course image CAPE Information Technology U2
Unit 2

Information Technology is the study, design, development, implementation, support and management of computer-based information systems, including software applications and computer hardware. The CAPE Information Technology Syllabus will enable students to use technology to participate in, and contribute to the new technological world. They will become conscious of the impact of Information and Communication Technologies, and how the appropriate use of Information Technology can help to solve problems, including those of an economic, social or personal nature. This syllabus emphasises the importance of Information Technology to the economic and social development of the region.

Course image CAPE Financial Service Studies U2
Unit 2

The study of CAPE® Financial Services Studies will assist in the formal preparation and certification of Caribbean persons to access an untapped market space and contribute to the development of more competent international financial services experts in an area which is poised for high profitable growth across the Region.

This program will contribute to a Caribbean person who is more aware of the international importance of the financial services industry and the impact of international financial policies on the Caribbean. This will lead to a better quality of life for present and future generations while providing wealth creation through new and innovative job opportunities and other economic possibilities including entrepreneurship.


Course image CAPE Computer Science U2
Unit 2

Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. The CAPE Computer Science Syllabus provides persons with advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to understand the uses and the impact of computer technologies, and to use the technology to create new computer applications for all areas of human activity. This syllabus provides opportunity for the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes as preparation for further studies in Computer Science and the world of work.

Course image CAPE Sociology U2
Unit 2

Sociology is a scientific study of social interactions, social institutions, social patterns and social change of human society guided by sociological theories and methods. Caribbean society has been shaped by historical forces which have led to the emergence of several small diverse and divided societies, each unique in many respects but sharing a common history of colonialism, slavery and indentureship. Despite evidence of socio-economic transformation and the influence of globalisation, the region still maintains a distinct identity. In this regard, sociology can equip students with the necessary knowledge, orientation and skills for understanding society in general and Caribbean Society in particular.

The syllabus introduces students to theories and research methods of sociology, the sociological perspective and the processes of social structural change with specific emphasis on the development and modernisation of societies. Students will acquire a set of sociological competencies that will enable them to use the practical and problem-solving approaches to the analysis of society.


Course image CAPE Entrepreneurship U2
Unit 2

Entrepreneurship seeks to empower students by providing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve entrepreneurial success in a variety of settings. It places emphasis on the individual’s acumen to realize the opportunity, assess risk, and apply the skills necessary to transform innovative ideas into viable, sustainable ventures. The CAPE Entrepreneurship syllabus provides students with the mindset that supports creativity and innovation needed to transform ideas into ventures that create value and wealth. The syllabus seeks to fill that void in the continuum from idea generation to venture creation.

Several governments, as well as many non-governmental organizations in the region have implemented entrepreneurial initiatives which offer training, tax incentives, funding, and start-up support to individuals to assist them in actualising entrepreneurial ambitions. The syllabus apprises students of ways to access these training, technical support, funding, and legislative incentives.

The syllabus addresses fundamentals of entrepreneurial behaviour and thinking and engages students in practical experiences through idea generation and opportunity identification to implementing, managing, and harvesting a venture. The syllabus also acquaints students with the essentials of business ownership, legal and regulatory frameworks, the importance of market research, feasibility analysis and the development of a business model in order to successfully compete in the global marketplace. The syllabus provides a good foundation for further studies in Entrepreneurship, starting and operating a venture and/or becoming an entrepreneurial employee (intrapreneur).


Course image CAPE Economics U2
Unit 2

Economics is the study of how society provides for itself by making the most efficient use of scarce resources so that both private and social welfare may be improved. The CAPE Economics Syllabus is intended to promote knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of economics and to foster an appreciation of the various methods used by economists in analysing economic problems. The knowledge and skills acquired will enable students to contribute to the economic and social development of the Caribbean.

Course image CAPE Chemistry U2
Unit 2

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.

Course image CAPE Biology U2
Unit 2

Biology is the scientific study of living organisms. The study of this subject leads to an understanding and appreciation of the concepts of life at all levels and hence to greater respect and reverence for life. The interconnected web of life and the unique role of the human species are integral to the dynamic value of the biosphere. The CAPE Biology Syllabus prepares students to acquire knowledge about how to protect, sustain, conserve and improve the variety of life in the ecosphere. It also provides a foundation for persons wishing to pursue careers in biological, environmental, agricultural, medical, paramedical, and applied science

Course image CAPE Caribbean Studies U2
Unit 2

Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws on perspectives, largely from the humanities and social sciences to provide an understanding of Caribbean society and cultures. This interdisciplinary subject provides students with the opportunity to study issues relevant to the distinctive physical, political, and socio-economic challenges facing the small states which comprise the region. Such study integrates perspectives from various disciplines including, Cultural Studies and Ethics, Economics, Government and Politics, History, International relations, Physical and Human Ecology, and Sociology, as tools for understanding Caribbean society and culture.

The CAPE Caribbean Studies Syllabus defines the Caribbean region in terms of its geography, common historical experiences, cultural identities, participation in the global community, intermixing of diverse ethnic and racial groups, and its continuing struggle for survival and sovereignty.

Persons who successfully complete this course will have developed an appreciation of the challenges and potential of being Caribbean citizens. They will understand their roles and responsibilities in preserving and contributing to their Caribbean heritage and the importance of regional cooperation for the development of the Caribbean.


Course image CAPE Pure Mathematics U2
Unit 2

Mathematics is one of the oldest and most universal means of creating, communicating, connecting and applying structural and quantitative ideas. Students doing this syllabus will have already been exposed to Mathematics in some form mainly through courses that emphasise skills in using mathematics as a tool, rather than giving insight into the underlying concepts.


This syllabus will not only provide students with more advanced mathematical ideas, skills and techniques, but encourage them to understand the concepts involved, why and how they “work” and how they are interconnected. It is also to be hoped that, in this way, students will lose the fear associated with having to learn a multiplicity of seemingly unconnected facts, procedures and formulae. In addition, the course should show them that mathematical concepts lend themselves to generalisations, and that there is enormous scope for applications to solving real problems. The course is therefore intended to provide quality in selected areas rather than in a large number of topics.

Course image Diplomas in Spanish (DELE) - C2 Fluent
Diplomas in Spanish

The DELE C2 certifies sufficient linguistic competence to communicate effectively in any situation, proving ability to spontaneously adapt to any context, with a high degree of precision. The language users show subtle control of nuances which allow for fluent and natural expression in all interactions.


The DELE C2 examination consists of three tests:


  • Test 1: Use of language, reading and listening comprehension (105 minutes, 6 tasks).
  • Test 2: Integrated skills: Listening and reading comprehension, and written expression and interaction (150 minutes, 3 tasks).
  • Test 3: Integrated skills: Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 30 minutes to prepare).


A “passing” grade is required for each test taken during the same examination session. The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points, and it is necessary to get 60% on each test; a minimum score of 20 is necessary on each of the three tests. The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.


IMPORTANT: In the written expression test, the candidate must strictly follow instructions about the number of words and the text format.


Course image Diplomas in Spanish (DELE) - C1 Advanced
Diplomas in Spanish

The DELE C1 guarantees that the student has made successful progress in the language, and certifies more than an advanced level of Spanish.


This diploma certifies sufficient linguistic competence to:


  1. Understand a wide variety of lengthy, and somewhat demanding texts, as well as to grasp implicit meaning in the same.
  1. Express themselves fluently and spontaneously without apparent effort to find the right words.2
  1. Use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  1. Produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts about topics of some complexity, correctly using mechanisms of organization, articulation and cohesion in the text.


The DELE C1 examination is made up of four tests, organized into two groups (Group 1: Tests 1 and 3. Group: 2: Tests 2 and 4):


  • Test 1: Reading comprehension and use of language (90 minutes, 5 tasks).
  • Test 2: Listening comprehension and use of language (50 minutes, 5 tasks).
  • Test 3: Integrated skills. Listening comprehension and written expression and interaction (80 minutes, 2 tasks).
  • Test 4: Integrated skills. Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 20 minutes to prepare).


A “passing” grade is required for each test taken during the same examination session. The maximum possible score is 100, and a minimum score of 30 is necessary in each of the two groups in order to receive an overall "passing" grade. The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.


IMPORTANT: In the written expression test, the candidate must strictly follow instructions about the number of words and the text format.


Course image Diplomas in Spanish (DELE) - B1 Intermediate
Diplomas in Spanish

The DELE Spanish Diploma level B1 accredits language users’ capacity to:


  • Understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies, or leisure.
  • Deal with most situations that occur while travelling in areas where Spanish is spoken.
  • Produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics, or topics of personal interest
  • Describe experiences, events, wishes, and hopes, as well as to be able to briefly express opinions or explain plans.


The level B1 examination includes four parts:


Group 1

  • Reading comprehension test (70 min, 5 tasks)
  • Written expression and interaction test (60 min, 2 tasks)


Group 2

  • Listening comprehension test (40 min, 5 tasks)
  • Oral expression and interaction test (15 min + 15 min to prepare)


The final grade is either PASS or FAIL. To obtain a diploma the candidate must earn a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the examination, getting at least 30 points out of 50 in each test group.


IMPORTANT: In the written expression test, the candidate must strictly follow instructions about the number of words and the text format.


Course image Diplomas in Spanish (DELE) - A1 Beginners
Diplomas in Spanish

The DELE A1 enables students to access the Spanish-speaking world, improves their academic education, and provides them with the confidence to continue advancing towards more advanced levels.


This diploma certifies that the student is able to communicate using the language in a basic way in situations having to do with immediate needs or everyday situations.


The DELE A1 is an internationally recognized certificate that connects people from their first contact with Spanish and evaluates their level in Spanish from the beginning of their studies.


The DELE A1 exam is made up of different parts organized into two groups:


  • Group 1 (reading and writing skills): Reading comprehension (45 minutes, 4 tasks) and written expression and interaction (25 minutes, 2 tasks).
  • Group 2 (oral skills): Listening comprehension (20 minutes, 4 tasks) and oral expression and interaction (15 minutes).


A “passing” grade is required for each test taken during the same examination session.The maximum possible score is 100 points. A minimum score of 30 in each group is necessary to receive an overall "passing" grade. The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.


IMPORTANT: In the written expression test, the candidate must strictly follow instructions about the number of words and the text format.


Course image PEP - Performance Task, Ability Test & Curriculum Based Test
PEP (Primary Exit Profile)

The Primary Exit Profile (PEP) is a series of assessments that will replace the existing Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). PEP will provide a profile of where the student is academically, the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and their readiness for grade 7. PEP will assess students’ knowledge, in addition to placing increased emphasis on assessing 21st century skills including critical thinking and communication.


PEP has several purposes: 

- It will measure students’ readiness for grade 7. 

- It will function as a means of placing students in secondary schools. 

- It will provide accurate information about students’ knowledge, ability, and skills across several subject areas.


PEP consists of three key components, a Performance Task, an Ability Test and a Curriculum Based Test: 


- The Performance Task (PT) consists of real world scenarios that will require students to apply their knowledge and skills from the following subject areas: Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies. The PT will be administered in grades 4, 5 and 6. It will be administered by the classroom teacher at school. 


- The Ability Test requires students to read analytically and use quantitative reasoning skills in responding to items. It will NOT be based on the curriculum. MoEYI / S A U P u b l i c a t i o n 1 . 0 - P E P FAQs 


- The Curriculum Based Test (CBT) will assess grade 6 content only, in the areas of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. This test will consist of multiple choice items along with other item types. The CBT will be administered close to the end of Grade 6.