BIOLOGY 21F - Full Year

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Taylor

Recommended Prior Learning

Students are required to have gained 14 credits in Level 1 Science Achievement Standards including 90948 Science: Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation or approval from the Teacher in Charge.

This course is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of Biology and the range of disciplines within it. The curriculum is largely centred around the building blocks of the living world; from the sub-cellular level up to whole physical systems and their function.

This includes the following:
• using a microscope
• cell form and function
• animal and plant adaptations to the environment
• investigating patterns in an ecological community
• genetic information and its transfer

A total of 16 credits, all assessed at NCEA Level 2 and all are Achievement Standards. 8 credits are available from two external examinations, and 8 from two internal assessment opportunities.

Future Possibilities
This course leads to further study in Biology at Level 3 as well as giving a broad general background in a range of Biological Sciences, including microscopy, laboratory skills and ecological concepts. The content is important for students hoping to pursue a career in the Health Sciences

Learning Areas:



BIOLOGY 31F - Full Year

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Donations will be requested to defray the costs of the three day field trip to Arthur's Pass to study the ecological patterns of alpine plants up to $250.