BIOLOGY 31F - Full Year

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Taylor

Recommended Prior Learning

Students are required to have gained 12 credits in Level 2 Science Achievement Standards including AS91157 Biology 2.5 Genetics.

This course explores Life with particular emphasis on how individuals or populations respond to their environment including evolutionary change and adaptations.

This will include topics such as:
• plant and animal responses to the environment
• trends in human evolution
• carrying out a practical Biology investigation
• researching a contemporary issue in Biology
• how animals maintain a stable internal environment

It is academically challenging and has a balance of internally and externally assessed content that requires students to be focused on achievement in both areas in order to reach the 14 credit threshold for University Entrance in this subject.

A total of 19 credits, all assessed at NCEA Level 3 and all are Achievement Standards. 9 credits are available from two external examinations and 10 from three internal assessment opportunities.

If a student achieves 14 Level 3 credits in this course it will be counted as an approved subject for University Entrance.

Future Possibilities
This course is good preparation for further study in Biological Sciences, Medicine, Health Sciences and Physical Education.

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