NCEA Level 2 Biology
Level 2
Number of Credits: 19

Entry Recommendations: NCEA Level 1 Science or Human Biology or in consultation with the Head of Faculty.

Course Outline: In the internally assessed components of the course students will carry out research on current biological issues and carry out a field study. The theory and applications of cell biology, human body systems and genetics provide opportunities for further experimental work.

Skills developed in the course:

  • Experimental design with data analysis and evaluation
  • Explore ways in which living things carry out life processes
  • Application of biological concepts to everyday situations
  • Communication of scientific ideas
  • Ability to access and select information using a range of sources
  • Laboratory practical skills
  • Critically analyse biological information 
  •  Understand the processes that lead to genetic change

Course Costs: Course Notes $20, field trips $15, ICAS Science Competition (optional) entry fee $7.50, Education Perfect (online study tool) $25 (optional)

This course leads to: NCEA Level 3 Biology.

Assessment

AS 91153
Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
4 Credits
Numeracy
Practical
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 7
AS 91154
Analyse the biological validity of information presented to the public
3 Credits
Literacy
Applied research
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 8
AS 91156
Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
4 Credits
Literacy
Examination
Assessment Period - end of year examination
AS 91157
Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
4 Credits
Literacy
Examination
Assessment Period - end of year examination
AS 91158
Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision
4 Credits
Literacy
Data analysis
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 3
Level 2 Biology