Biology Level 3
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)
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.
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.
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.
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:
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.
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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