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Biology

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​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? Yes (General subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4


What is  Biology?

Biology provides opportunities for students to engage with living systems. 
Students develop their understanding of cells and multicellular organisms. They engage with the concept of maintaining the internal environment. They study biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life.  This knowledge is linked with the concepts of heredity and the continuity of life.

Students learn and apply aspects of the knowledge and skills of the discipline (thinking, experimentation, problem-solving and research skills), understand how it works and how it may  impact society. They develop their sense of wonder and curiosity about life; respect for all living things and the environment; understanding of biological systems, concepts, theories and models; appreciation of how biological knowledge has developed over time and continues to develop; a sense of how biological knowledge influences society. 

Students plan and carry out fieldwork, laboratory and other research investigations; interpret evidence; use sound, evidence-based arguments creatively and analytically when evaluating claims and applying biological knowledge; and communicate biological understanding, findings, arguments and conclusions using appropriate representations, modes and genres.

What makes a student suited to Biology?

Students who achieve success in Biology are those who: 
  • have an interest in the living world 
  • enjoy creative scientific thinking and are able to apply their knowledge in practical situations 
  • are willing to commit to regular at home study

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

Minimum C standard for core Math, English and Science

What is the cost of this subject?

Excursion costs to be advised. 

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • 2 x A4 Exercise books (minimum 96 page)

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Introduction to Biology
Genes in action
Student experiment (20%)
Unseen examination (30%)
 Semester 2Biological evolution
Cell structure and function
Research investigation (20%)
Unseen examination (30%)
Year 11Unit 1Cells and multicellular organisms
• Cells as the basis of life
• Multicellular organisms
Formative internal assessment 1: 10%
• Data test
Formative internal assessment 2: 20%
• Student experiment
Unit 2Maintaining the internal environment
• Homeostasis
• Infectious diseases
Formative internal assessment 3: 20%
• Research investigation
Formative internal assessment 4: 50%
• Examination
Year 12Unit 3Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life
• Describing biodiversity
• Ecosystem dynamics
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 10%
• Data test
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 20%
• Student experiment
Unit 4Heredity and continuity of life
• DNA, genes and the continuity of life
• Continuity of life on Earth
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 20%
• Research investigation
Summative external assessment (EA): 50%
• Examination


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Last reviewed 13 September 2019
Last updated 13 September 2019