Level 3 Biology
Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh
What will I learn and how will I learn?
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. There is an expectation that 30 minutes of study is completed each night. This may be done each night or in bigger lumps. 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.
New Scientist is a great source of background information and current research.
Conditions of Assessment
Most assessment will be completed with a mixture of in class and out of class time. However, some standards require work only to be completed in class time. This is to ensure authenticity, ie, that all work students submit is their own. It is important that students understand the conditions of assessment for these standards and that they direct any questions about when and how they are able to work on them to their teacher. The teachers will be working together to get the best results for students as individuals from their year of study. There will be two school examinations. These will be set and marked to the same standard as NZQA. They are very good indicators for progress towards gaining NCEA, and students should take them seriously by preparing themselves through revision.
Submitting Internal Assessments
It is important that you take note of the due dates for your internal assessments. All internal assessments must be submitted on or prior to the due date, unless prior approval has been granted for special circumstances (refer to NCEA guidelines or talk to their teacher about this). Assessments that are submitted after the due date, without prior approval, will receive a Not Achieved.
Resubmissions and Reassessments
Further assessment opportunities MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE due to the full content nature of this course.
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); AS91605 (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
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
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.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 9 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: 19
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.