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NCEA Level 2 Environmental Biology
Level 2
Number of Credits: 20

Entry requirements: Open entry to all students (it is expected students will choose either Biology or Environmental Biology).

Course outline: Environmental Biology aims to develop students with the motivation to take action for sustainability – in their personal lives, within their community and also at a global scale, now and in the future. 

The class will be introduced to a range of ecological concepts, including exploring different attitudes and values towards the environment. Students will have the opportunities to explore why an issue is important, take action on issues that are meaningful to them, all the while developing the skills they need to create change. They will also continue to develop their scientific investigative and research skills during the year. 

This course leads to Level 3 Biology, in consultation with HoF.


Achievement Standards will be selected from Level 2 Education for Sustainability (EfS), Biology and Earth Science depending on student needs, interests and abilities. It is an internally assessed course. 

AS 90810
Undertake a personal action, with reflection, that contributes to a sustainable future
6 Credits
Long Term Project
AS 90813
Demonstrate an understanding of how different personal values have implications for a sustainable future
3 Credits
Written Report
AS 91187
Carry out a practical Earth Science investigation
4 Credits
Practical Investigation
AS 91155
Demonstrate understanding of adaptations of plants or animals to their way of life
3 Credits
AS 91158
Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision
4 Credits
junior and middle school girls