These courses are CAPE Unit 1 courses. 

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 1Methodology: Demand and Supply
Module 2Market Structure, Market Failure and Intervention
Module 3Distribution Theory


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


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.

The syllabus is arranged into two (2) Units, each Unit consists of three Modules.

Unit 2: Complex Numbers, Analysis and Matrices

Module 1Complex Numbers and Calculus II
Module 2Sequences, Series and Approximations
Module 3Counting, Matrices and Differential Equations

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.

UNIT 1: PUBLIC LAW

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

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.

This syllabus consists of two Units , each comprising three Modules.

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Computer Science

Module 1Computer Architecture and Organisation
Module 2Problem-Solving with Computers
Module 3Programming


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.

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

Unit 1Mechanics, Waves, Properties of Matter

Module 1Mechanics
Module 2Oscillations and Waves
Module 3Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Matter


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 1Fundamentals in Chemistry
Module 2Kinetics and Equilibria
Module 3Chemistry of the Elements


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 1Cell and Molecular Biology
Module 2Genetics, Variation and Natural Selection
Module 3Reproductive Biology


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 1Gathering and Processing Information
Module 2Language and Community
Module 3Speaking and Writing