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Important changes in the 2024 chemistry syllabus

Important changes in the 2024 chemistry syllabus

SEAB recently announced there are important changes coming to the Chemistry Syllabus (6092) in 2024 that every student and educator should be aware of. These changes promise to enhance the learning experience and keep the curriculum aligned with the latest advancements in the field. 

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through these important changes, providing insights and information that will help you navigate the new syllabus effectively.

Key highlights of the 2024 Chemistry syllabus

Let's dive right into the key highlights of the 2024 Chemistry Syllabus.

Global perspective

In 2024, there's an increased focus on the fact that the world is becoming more "complex and globalised," indicating a broader perspective in the syllabus compared to 2023. This change suggests a recognition of the increasing interconnectedness of the world.

Values and attitudes

In 2024, there's an additional emphasis on developing "values and attitudes relevant to science." This suggests a more holistic approach to education, not just focusing on knowledge but also on fostering positive attitudes towards science.

Problem-solving skills

The updated 2024 syllabus highlights the expectation that students will "apply investigative and problem-solving skills." This underscores the importance of practical skills in addition to theoretical knowledge.

Syllabus change

Although the paper's structure remains unchanged, a significant update is evident in the syllabus. Therefore, we will present a side-by-side comparison of the 2023 and 2024 syllabi to provide you with a clearer understanding of the differences.

2023 (Old syllabus) 2024 (New syllabus)
Experimental Chemistry
   - Experimental Chemistry
Matter – Structures and Properties
- Experimental Chemistry    
   - The Particulate Nature of Matter
   - Chemical Bonding and Structure

Atomic Structure and Stoichiometry
   - The Particulate Nature of Matter
   - Formulae, Stoichiometry and the Mole Concept

Chemical Reactions

   - Chemical Calculations
   - Acid-Base Chemistry
   - Qualitative Analysis
   - Redox Chemistry
   - Patterns in the Periodic Table
   - Chemical Energetics
   - Rate of Reactions
Chemistry of Reactions
   - Electrolysis
   - Energy from Chemicals
   - Chemical Reactions
   - Acids, Bases and Salts

Chemistry in a Sustainable World
 - Organic Chemistry
   - Maintaining Air Quality

   - The Periodic Table
   - Metals
   - Air
Organic Chemistry
   - Organic Chemistry

To conclude, the 2024 Chemistry Syllabus brings exciting changes that will empower students to explore the world of chemistry with a fresh perspective. From practical application to ethical considerations, these updates reflect the evolving nature of the field. As you embark on your chemistry journey, remember that these changes are designed to enhance your learning experience and prepare you for a rewarding future in the world of chemistry.

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