Level 2 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh

The study of Biology is effectively the study of how to not 'end up dead'. Biology explores life at the cellular and genetic level, and how organisms have adapted different ways of dealing with the same life processes. At our Kura, students will find in-depth information about Level 2 and Level 3 Biology on the links on this page.  They will find resources used in class as well as extras that may help in their studies. It will be beneficial for them to check the sites frequently, as resources are added and updated by the Teachers in Charge. On this site, will be resources used in class as well as extras that may help them in their study.  

What will I learn and how will I learn?
Students should be looking at the Level 2 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 2 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 examination questions.

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 - that all work that you submit is your own. It is important that you understand the conditions of assessment for these standards and that you direct any questions about when and how you're able to work on them to your 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 students take note of the due dates for their 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.

Course Overview

Term 1
Introduction. AS91158 (6 weeks); AS91155 (3 weeks)
KEY DATES: Week 7: AS91158 Field Trip; Week 8: Assessment

Term 2
AS91155 (3 weeks); AS91156 (5 weeks); AS91153 (2 weeks)
KEY DATES: Week 3: AS91155 assessment

Term 3
AS91153 (2 weeks); AS91157 (5 weeks)
KEY DATES: Week 2: AS91153 Assessment; Week 9/10: Derived Grade examinations

Term 4
Revision and reassessment (if required)
KEY DATES: NCEA examinations


Level 3 Biology

Resource Requirements

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 eight Level 1 Science credits, including four externally assessed credits from Achievement Standard 90948, plus Level 1 English Achievement Standard 90053 (Formal Writing), or by approval from the Head of Science Learning Area.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2 Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
A.S. 91155 v2 Biology 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life
A.S. 91156 v2 Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
A.S. 91157 v2 Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
A.S. 91158 v2 Biology 2.6 - Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.

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