Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

12 Biology 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Helen Dunham.


At least ‘Merit’ in AS90948 and ‘Achieved’ in AS90929 in the External Achievement Standards in L1 Biology papers, Level 1 numeracy and literacy AND 'Achieved' in at least two of the other external papers from chemistry and physics.

A student coming from the 11SI1 course must have gained at least a ‘Merit’ grade in AS90948 Genetics and Achieved in one other science external paper.

OR HoD approval

Students will:
Follow a rigorously academic course, which covers all the Level 2 external achievement standards. It covers:

-  Genetic variation in the form of inheritance and evolutionary change (external)

- Structures and Processes that happen in a cell (external)

- How genes code for proteins and how these are expressed (external)

- Investigate layers of the forest and the adaptations that have evolved (internal with field trip)

- Investigate processes that happen in the cell (internal with a practical assessment)

There are two Level 2 internals achievement standards. These include a fieldtrip to collect field data to write a report on the composition of a forest, and a practical assessment to investigate aspects of cell processes.

This course leads onto the Level 3 Biology courses that are UE Approved




13 Biology 1, 13 Biology 2

Career Pathways

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Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*12BI1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $70