NCEA Level 2 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Brown

The Level 2 NCEA biology course is aimed at students who wish to study biology in greater depth and develop the skills which will be used in further study. This course covers pure biology topics of plants and ecology, cell processes, genetics and evolution.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
Ecology - study of patterns in the environment and a possible field trip
Cell Biology - cell structure and use of microscopes

Term 2
Cellular processes - biochemical processes in the cell including photosynthesis, respiration, DNA replication and enzyme action.
Practical Investigation - this fit within the cellular processes topic.
Genetic Variation - this topic follows on from Level 1 Genetics covering inheritance patterns, genetic variation and natural selection.

Term 3
Gene Expression - study of how cells make proteins and how variation occurs
Research report - based on adaptations or current biological knowledge

Term 4
Review and revision - preparation for external exams

Recommended Prior Learning

A minimum of 12 science and/or agriculture Level 1 credits, including one external standard at the achieved level, PLUS be enrolled for either 12MA1 or 12MA2 AND either 12EN1 or 12EN2.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is recommended students purchase a SCIPAD course book at approximately $20.
1B8 exercise book punched or computer, ringbinder, pencil, 30cm ruler,blue & black pens, highlighter



It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.

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