13BIO

NCEA Level 3 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Robertson

Biologists and students studying biology want to explain the nature of living things and to understand where and how life is evolving, how evolution links life processes and ecology, and the impact that humans have on all forms of life. 

What will I do in Level 3 Biology?

 We will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills that enable you to be ‘scientifically literate citizens. You will develop an understanding of how biological theories and ideas have evolved over time and as technology has improved. You will learn to communicate using the language of biology when discussing or evaluating biological issues. 

What will I learn in Level 3 Biology? 

  1. learn about the relationship between organisms and the environment 

  2. explore the evolutionary processes that have resulted in the diversity of life on Earth and appreciate the place and impact of humans within these processes

  3. integrate biological knowledge to make informed judgments about the social, ethical, and biological implications to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue

  4. carry out an investigation that includes developing your understanding of the relationship between the investigation and scientific theory

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 12 Biology: gaining 12 credits in NCEA Level 2 Biology.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Course Contribution: $20 (Science Pad)
Stationery Requirements: 2 x 2B8

Pathway

Pharmacologist
Biologist
Ecologist
Nature conservation officer
Biotechnologist
Forensic scientist
Government agency roles
Science writer
Teacher

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91601 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91602 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91605 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91606 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91607 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 18
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 18
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 14
Total Numeracy Credits: 4

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 18

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Disclaimer

Standards shown on courses are only an indication and not all may be offered at the time of study.

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