​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 a high work ethic and commitment to study

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

Year 9 - Minimum C standard for core Math, English and Science

Year 10 - Minimum C standard for core Math, English and Science

What is the cost of this subject?

There may be a cost associated with a field trip in year 10 (approximately $50) and camp in Year 12 (approximately $150)

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • BYODX Device
  • A4 exercise book for class use

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

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Genes in action
Cell Biology

Data test (10%)

Student experiment (15%)

Examination (25%)

 Semester 2

Biological evolution

Molecular Biology

Research investigation (25%)

Examination (25%)

Year 11Unit 1

Cells and multicellular organisms

• Cells as the basis of life

• Multicellular organisms

Formative internal assessment 1: 25%

• Examination

Formative internal assessment 2: 25%

• Student experiment 

Unit 2

Maintaining the internal environment

• Homeostasis

• Infectious diseases

Formative internal assessment 3: 25%

• Research investigation

 Formative internal assessment 4: 25%

• Examination

Year 12Unit 3

Biodiversity 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 4

Heredity 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

Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022