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Year 11 and 12 Biology

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​Pre-requisites

Minimum Level of Achievement required: 

  • General Science B result
  • English C result

Co-requisites

General English​

Subject Description

Biology provides opportunities for students to engage with living systems. In Unit 1, students develop their understanding of cells and multicellular organisms. In Unit 2, they engage with the concept of maintaining the internal environment. In Unit 3, students study biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life. This knowledge is linked in Unit 4 with the concepts of heredity and the continuity of life. 

Students will learn valuable skills required for the scientific investigation of questions. In addition, they will become citizens who are better informed about the world around them and who have the critical skills to evaluate and make evidence-based decisions about current scientific issues.

Weekly workload in hours

4+ hours

Structure

Unit 1
Unit 2​ Unit 3​ Unit 4
Cells and multicellular organisms
Maintaining the internal environment
Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life
Heredity and continuity of life 
​Cells as the basis of life 
​Homeostasis
​Describing biodiversity 
​DNA, genes and the continuity of life
Multicellular organisms
Infectious diseases
Ecosystem dynamics


Continuity of life on Earth ​

Assessment

Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context. In Units 3 and 4 students complete four summative assessments. The results from each of the assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive an overall subject result (A–E).

Assessment

​Unit 1
Unit 2​
Formative internal assessment 1 (FA1):
Data test
10%​​Formative internal assessment 3 (FA3): Research investigation​20%​
Formative internal assessment 2 (FA2):
Student experiment​
20%​
Formative internal assessment (FA3):  50%
Examination ​​​​
​Unit 3​
Unit 4​
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
Data test
10%​​Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): Research investigation​20%​
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
Student experiment​
20%​
Summative external assessment (EA): 50%
Examination ​​




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Last reviewed 19 May 2021
Last updated 19 May 2021