3BIO

Level 3 Biology*

Course selection will be active in August.

Course Description

In this course students continue to develop their understanding of biological systems, responses, adaptations and evolution. This course encourages critical thinking as students discuss the mechanisms for responses to the environment and the adaptive advantages of key features. It will further develop their ability to interpret texts and write effectively in order to communicate their understanding.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Reading & writing - how to interpret texts to build understanding and communicate this in written form.
  • How does the human body ensure that body temperature and blood glucose levels remain within safe levels?
  • Critical thinking - evaluating the connections between evidence and ideas.
  • How can we use research skills and biological knowledge to evaluate issues facing society today and form our own opinions?
  • Time management.
  • How do plants and animals respond to their environment in order to ensure survival and reproductive success?
  • Research skills in finding and analysing information.
  • How has evidence been interpreted to provide an ever-changing picture of how humans evolved from ape-like ancestors over millions of years?


Resources Required

1x 1E5 exercise book OR 30 page clearfile
1x Refill pad
Level 3 Biology SciPad - external workbook (optional)

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 15 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 9 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91602 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r,3w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
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. 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
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 15
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 15
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 15
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 15

This course is University approved and will allow you to meet the requirements for University Entrance.

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