2BIOSA

Level 2 Biology - Skills and Adaptations

Course selection will be active in August.

Course Description

In this course students will investigate animal systems, adaptations and processes that underpin Biology. Students will study the inheritance of traits and variation in genetics. They will design and carry out investigations and develop skills in interpreting text, critical thinking and writing discussions to convey their ideas.  

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.
  • Life is diverse and difficult - how have different groups of animals adapted to overcome their challenges?
  • Reading & writing - how to interpret texts to build understanding and communicate this in written form.
  • Cells - these are the basic building blocks of life. Explore these under the microscope and look at processes that occur including transport of materials.
  • Critical thinking - evaluating the connections between evidence and ideas. Distinguishing fact from opinion. 
  • Issues for society - microbes and vaccination. Explore biological ideas and critically evaluate information presented to the public.


  • Variation - how is variation created in a species? How is it inherited?


Resources Required

1x 1E5 exercise book OR 30 page clearfile
1x Refill pad
Level 2 Biology SciPad - 19957 external workbook (optional but helpful - order online)

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 17 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 13 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. 91154 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.2 - Analyse the biological validity of information presented to the public
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
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. 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. 91160 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.8 - Investigate biological material at the microscopic level
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 17
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 10
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4
Total Numeracy Credits: 4

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