2BIOCG

Level 2 Biology - Cells and Genetics

Course selection will be active in August.

Course Description

In L2 Biology - Cells and Genetics students explore complex ideas of life processes and genetic inheritance. This course encourages critical thinking as students consider the key concept of “form matching function”, and will develop their ability to interpret text and write effectively in order to communicate their understanding.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

Develop these skills:Explore this content:
  • Scientific skills - how to develop, carry out, and interpret the results of scientific investigations.
  • Cells are the basic unit of all living things - what are they and how do they work? Consider processes including cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and DNA replication.

  • Reading & writing - how to interpret texts to build understanding and communicate this in written form.
  • The code for building us (and all of life) is hidden in our DNA; how are traits inherited? How do our genes determine what we look like? Where does variation between individuals come from?

  • Critical thinking - evaluating the connections between evidence and ideas.
  • Life is diverse and difficult - how have different groups of animals adapted to overcome their challenges?


Resources Required

1x 1E5 exercise book OR 30 page clearfile
1x Refill pad
Level 2 Biology SciPad - external workbook (optional but helpful - order online)

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91155 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91156 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91157 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91159 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of gene expression
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 19
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 15
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 8
Total Numeracy Credits: 4

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