Year 12 Biology External

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: C. Wati

This course is a fast-paced and broad introduction to many of the concepts in Biology covered at higher levels.  The first internal standard studies Animal habitats, relationships and ecology and looks at how Animals have adapted their Gas Exchange and Circulatory systems to suit their way of life. We learn the human systems in detail and then offer student choice in researching an animal of their choice to compare to. The second internal is fair testing in Cellular Processes such as Osmosis, Photosynthesis and Respiration. Both internal standards are completed in the first half of the year. The external standards we then study are based around Cell structure, function and processes; Gene Expression and Genetic Variation. 

Students going on to study Health Sciences/ Veterinary / Genetics and Research are encouraged to take this course due to the Cells unit and focus on Genetics.

• General research skills
• Planning investigations
• Collecting and processing data
• Drawing conclusions
• Evaluating practical work
• Report writing
• Justifying

Students in the 2020 classes have said:

"Good if you are interested in Nature, the environment, genetics and the human body"

"If you are an average student, don't be afraid to take up the challenge, a lot of content is taught and covered throughout the subject. You just need to actively do what you need to, to keep up and ask for help".

"It makes sense looking at how my body works and it is great how your teacher links it in to your life - it is also helpful for PE too and will help me going to Uni".

"It is a lot of work and goes quite quickly - I need to do homework but it is really interesting at the same time!"


Year 13 Biology 32, Year 13 Biology 37

Contributions and Equipment

1 Graph pad (14K8)
1 Refill Pad
1 Mechanical Pencil
1 Biology L2 Scipad - External Workbook (Optional) available from Officemax

Recommended Prior Learning

Successful completion of either 11SCIG or 11SCIM course.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2 Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
A.S. 91155 v2 Biology 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life
A.S. 91156 v2 Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
A.S. 91157 v2 Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
A.S. 91159 v2 Biology 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of gene expression
Total Credits

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

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