L3BIO

Biology Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs K. Jom

Follows on from NCEA Level 2 Biology by studying: animal biology, covering themes such as evolution, behaviour and homeostasis. The course is very contemporary, along with the traditional animal and plant behaviour sections.
Topics covered are: Animal biology, Animal Behaviour and Plant Response, Human Evolution, Human use of Biotechnology.

The following standards are the core standards that are available for study at this level. A standard course is made up of 19 credits including the three external standards (3.4, 3.5 and 3.6)

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Course Overview

Term 1
AS 91604 Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment.
The study of this standard involves describing and linking biological ideas about maintaining a stable internal environment in an animal.

AS 91607 Human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications.
The study of this standard involves linking biological ideas about human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications. The linking of ideas may involve justifying, relating, evaluating, comparing and contrasting, and analysing.

Term 2
AS 91603 Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment.
The study of this standard involves describing and linking biological ideas to explain why the responses provide a selective advantage for the organism in relation to its ecological niche. The linking of ideas may involve justifying, relating, evaluating, comparing and contrasting, and analysing.

AS91605 Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation.
The study of this standard involves linking biological ideas and/or scientific evidence about evolutionary processes leading to speciation. The linking of ideas may involve justifying, relating, evaluating, comparing and contrasting, or
analysing the evolutionary processes that lead to speciation.

Term 3
AS91606 Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution.
The study of this standard involves using biological ideas to explain how or why trends in human evolution occur.

Term 4
Revision to prepare for external examinations.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however, 16 credits from Level 2 Biology and strong literacy skills is recommended.

Helpful Accompanying Subjects:
• Chemistry
• English
• Physics
• Statistics
• Geography

Career Pathways

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91603 v3
NZQA Info
Biology 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r,5w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91604 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment
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: 19
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 19
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 19
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19

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.

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