Overall Aim of the syllabusThis explains briefly the overall objective of the syllabus and indicates in the broadest sense the capabilities to be developed within the exam.
The syllabus is designed to progressively broaden and deepen the knowledge, skills and professional values demonstrated by the student on their way through the qualification.
The specific capabilities within the detailed syllabuses and study guides are assessed at one of three intellectual or cognitive levels:
Level 1: Knowledge and comprehension
Level 2: Application and analysis
Level 3: Synthesis and evaluation
Very broadly, these intellectual levels relate to the three cognitive levels at which the Applied Knowledge, the Applied Skills and the Strategic Professional exams are assessed. Each subject area in the detailed study guide included in this document is given a 1, 2, or 3 superscript, denoting intellectual level, marked at the end of each relevant line. This gives an indication of the intellectual depth at which an area could be assessed within the examination. However, while level 1 broadly equates with Applied Knowledge, level 2 equates to Applied Skills and level 3 to Strategic Professional, some lower level skills can continue to be assessed as the student progresses through each level. This reflects that at each stage of study there will be a requirement to broaden, as well as deepen capabilities. It is also possible that occasionally some higher level capabilities may be assessed at lower levels.
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