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.  

Graduate profile:  (What qualities/additional skills will learners achieve by taking this course?) 
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.  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.

Possible Career/ Vocational Pathway(s): (What career pathways are related to this course?)
Conservation, marine biology and aquaculture.

Learning outcomes/Assessment links: See standards list
NOTE: Courses are subject to change with the review of courses at the end of each year. 

Progression: (What courses does this course lead to?)
This course leads to Level 3 Biology.

Vocational/Industry links: (What vocational or industry learning experiences will be included in this course?)
Primary industries: aquaculture, horticulture, agriculture. Marine biology and conservation - Papa Taiao.

Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)
Teachers make links to the real world with most concepts they introduce to help with understanding and connectedness of ideas.  There is a rocky shore field trip to Ahipara.

Teaching and Learning Approaches: (How will I learn in this course?)
Students will learn through ICT use for visualisation of abstract ideas, field trips, future-relevant foundational understanding of the world, applied mathematics and statistics, scientific writing and scientific investigation and laboratory work.

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 SciPad 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.

Pathway Tags

Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse

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