Biology Level 2
This course begins with the study of life, communities, cells and genetics and is foundational to further study in Biology. The practical investigations build upon the skills learnt at Level 1 and may include an internal Achievement standard on cells (either osmosis or enzyme activity) and an Internal Achievement standard on ecological communities. This course lays the foundations for the study of Biology at Level 3 and beyond. The standards will be selected from those listed below (minimum 16 credits).
Biology Level 3 & Scholarship
Students learn about the evolutionary processes that lead to speciation using New Zealand examples to gain a greater understanding of the variety of life on earth. They also learn about human evolution studying differences between apes and hominins, tool use millions of years ago and theories about the spread of Homo sapiens. This subject could extend to an investigation of ecology in our local environment, by further studying adaptations of plants and animals and how they react to their environments. Students can study the internal homeostatic systems of humans and animals. They can do research on a current socio-scientific issue affecting New Zealand and can select to study current issues surrounding molecular and biotechnological genetics where they work on a research topic related to human manipulation of genetic transfer. Students can do a practical investigation which is discussed with the teacher.