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smc foundation diploma – Biology


Entry Recommendation: Open entry.

Course Outline: The topics chosen for the Biology course provide a foundation for Year 12 Biology and Environmental Biology. All aspects of the course provide opportunities for experimental work and the application of biological concepts to everyday life.

Topics covered include:

  • Human Body Systems (digestion, nutrition, respiration)
  • Applied Genetics (inheritance, animal breeding, embryo selection)
  • Investigations
  • Ecology field study

Skills developed in the course:

  • Experimental design with data analysis and evaluation
  • Application of concepts to everyday situations
  • Communication of scientific ideas
  • Ability to access and select information using a range of sources
  • Laboratory practical skills

Students may wish to take Year 11 Biology and one of either Year 11 Chemistry, Physics, or Science to enhance their depth of understanding and proficiency at Year 12.

Course costs: Field Trip $15

This course leads to: NCEA Level 2 Biology or Level 2 Environmental Biology or IB Biology or IB Environmental Systems


Investigation – 20%

Applied Genetics (research report) – 20%

Knowledge and Understanding (exam) – 40%

Ecological field study – 20%

junior and middle school girls