Central Hawkes Bay College Central Hawkes Bay College

L2 Biology (L2BIO)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Recommended Prior Learning

Automatic entry will be given to students who have gained 16 credits from L1SCS or L1SCD combined including 2 externals.
This must include Merit in one of AS90948 or AS90927

The course builds on the Biology topics studied in L1SCD and L1SCS. Aimed at those students who require specialist knowledge and understanding of Biology, this course covers the essentials of genetics, processes at the cellular level, a research project linking adaptations to an animal's way of life and a practical investigation to develop higher level Biological investigative skills. This course is not suitable for students who are taking Gateway.

Course Overview

Term 1
AS 91153 Carry out a Practical Investigation (internal) and
AS 91155 Demonstrate understanding of adaptations of plants or animals to way of life (internal).

Term 2
AS 91156 Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level (external)

AS 91157 Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change (external)

Term 3
AS 91157 Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change (external)

AS 91159 Demonstrate understanding of gene expression (external)

Term 4
AS 91159 Demonstrate understanding of gene expression

Learning Areas:



L3 Biology (L3BIO)

Career Pathways

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Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$25 for Write in workbook
A4 Ring binder & exercise book


The Standards offered are correct at time of writing

Course content may change by the start of the year