Level 3 Biology
Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh
Graduate profile: (What qualities/additional skills will learners achieve by taking this course?)
Students should be looking at the Level 3 Biology website frequently, as resources will be added and updated. If they are absent, they should look here for any notes, videos or worksheets that they may have missed. It is the student's responsibility to catch up. Level 3 Biology requires study at home. Students will not get the marks they want or need from only turning up to class. Only occasionally will specific homework be set, so students need to focus their study on reviewing what has been covered in class and practising exam questions.
Possible Career/ Vocational Pathway(s): (What career pathways are related to this course?)
Primary industries: aquaculture, horticulture, forestry, agriculture.
Learning outcomes/Assessment links: See standards list
NOTE: Courses are subject to change with the review of courses at the end of each year. This is a University entrance approved course. Scholarship Biology may be available.
Progression: (What courses does this course lead to?)
University Biology and related fields.
Vocational/Industry links: (What vocational or industry learning experiences will be included in this course?)
Marine biology and conservation - Papa Taiao.
Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)
This is a pure science course. Students are able to research a local issue for Achievement Standard 91602 (3.2).
Teaching and Learning Approaches: (How will I learn in this course?)
Students will learn through ICT use for visualisation of abstract ideas, future-relevant foundational understanding of the world, applied mathematics and statistics, scientific writing and scientific investigation and laboratory work.
Introduction. AS91604 (5 weeks); AS91602 (5 weeks)
KEY DATES: Week 6: AS91604 Assessment; Week 11: AS91602 Report Due
AS91603 (7 weeks); AS 91601 (3 weeks)
AS91601 (3 weeks); AS91603 (5 weeks)
KEY DATES: Week 3: AS 91601 Report due. Week 9 & 10: Derived Grade examinations
Revision and reassessment (if required)
KEY DATES: Week 1: Revision and reassessments if required. Week 4: Special event; NCEA examinations
Purchasing the Study Guide is essential for success. It will cover the topics in far more detail than we are able to in class time.
Recommended Prior Learning
Students should have earned fifteen Level 2 Science credits, including four externally assessed credits plus literacy, or have approval from the Head of Science Learning Area. Top students may be included in a scholarship programme, working at Level 4.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Term: 2, Week: 3
Term: 3, Week: 3
Term: 1, Week: 5
Term: 2, Week: 7
Term: 4, Week: 5
Term: 1, Week: 5
Term: 1, Week: 6
Term: 3, Week: 5
Term: 4, Week: 5
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 23
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.