12BIO

Level 2 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Fraser

Biology is the scientific study of life.  It is a subject which explores the living world: its ecology, processes and relationships. 

Through this study, students gain an understanding of themselves, the planet, and how organisms survive and live together. They also develop essential scientific knowledge, methods and techniques. From here, students are able to analyse scientific information effectively and discuss the wide range of implications biology has on their world, including medical and environmental issues. Biology is a fascinating subject and is important for careers in a variety of areas including medicine, sports science, environmental science, marine biology and forensics.

Y12  topics include:

  •  Cell Biology: learning about the amazing complexity in the structure and function of cells.
  •  Genetics: examining the mechanisms behind inheritance and genetic variation.
  •  Anatomy and Physiology: exploring the powerful theory of evolution and its relationship with the structure and function in animals and plants.


Recommended Prior Learning


12 Level 1 Science credits


Pathway

Sports Science
Marine Biology
Medicine
Biochemistry
Environmental Science
Pharmacology
Physiotherapy
Zoology
Nutraceuticals
Ethnobotany
Forestry
Ecology
Conservation
Biotechnology
Forensic science
Architecture
Aquaculture
Dentistry
Nurse
Radiography
Freshwater Science
Science writer
Teacher
Lawyer

Credit Information

Course can be endorsed with Merit or Excellence

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91155 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91156 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91157 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91602 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r,3w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 18
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 14
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 11
Total Numeracy Credits: 4

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 3

* These standards contribute to the 14 credits required for UE approval.

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