Level 3 Biology
Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Baars
Biology is the study of living things, how they function, how they are connected, and how change happens over time. Change, and how living things respond to it, has immediate and long-term implications for your health. It also impacts on the survival of species, through extinction and the evolution of new species. An understanding of how this happens will help you think about change on a wide range of time scales.
Responding to the environment - investigating animal behaviour at Orana Wildlife Park and learning about homeostasis in humans.
Investigating and reporting on a socio-scientific issue and exploring how and why speciation occurs, with a strong focus on New Zealand - this country is Disneyland for Biologists!
Developing our understanding of speciation further, then using what we have learnt to explore human evolution, including another trip to Orana Wildlife Park, looking at the primates there, along with their extensive hominid and hominin replica skull collection.
Recommended Prior Learning
14 credits at NCEA Level 2 in Biology, or by consultation with Mr Baars.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 18
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.