Level 2 Biology
Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Baars
Biology is the study of living things, how they function, and how they are connected. Many of the big issues facing society today have a biological component; for example: antibiotic resistance, climate change, pandemics, extinction, management of both endangered species and invasive pests/weeds, food production, individual and population health, etc. In this course, you will refine the biological skills and knowledge you developed in Year 11 and build a foundation for further study in this subject.
Community patterns - exploring why things grow there they do and how they are adapted to grow there. This includes a 3-day trip to Temple Basin skifield.
Exploring diversity in animals by investigating the different ways in which they carry out life processes. We then go even smaller and start looking at cells, linking form to function for these building blocks of life.
We continue on with cells, looking at the processes that they have to sustain life. We also look at genetic variation and change - you know this as evolution.
This is a combination of revision and there is also the possibility of completing an internally assessed investigation for those students who do not want to attempt two papers in the external exam.
Not that whichever option you choose, you will only be assessed using four standards, for a total of 15 credits.
Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery
Voluntary contribution of $240.00 for 3 day trip to Temple Basin
Recommended Prior Learning
14 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Science including Achieved for Achievement Standard Science 1.9, OR Merit for Science 1.11, OR by consultation with Mr Baars.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.