Chemistry deals with the composition, structures and properties of matter, the interactions between different types of matter, and the relationship between matter and energy. Through the learning of chemistry, it is possible to acquire relevant conceptual and procedural knowledge. A study of chemistry also helps to develop understanding and appreciation of developments in engineering, medicine and other related scientific and technological fields. Furthermore, learning about the contributions, issues and problems related to innovations in chemistry will help students develop an understanding of the relationship between science, technology, society and the environment.
The curriculum attempts to make the study of chemistry exciting and relevant. It is suggested that the learning of chemistry be situated in real-life contexts. Students are expected to be able to apply their knowledge of chemistry, to appreciate the relationship between chemistry and other disciplines, to be aware of the science-technology-society-environment (STSE) connections within contemporary issues, and to become responsible citizens.