Biology Level 8

Course Overview

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Biology is the ultimate living science. If you are on the precipice of level 3 Biology then congratulations on choosing a dynamic and engaging subject. Biology is the study of all living organisms from a single-cell amoeba to a colossal blue whale. Housed within this discipline is knowledge fundamental to unlocking the very existence of the plant and animal kingdoms we see today. At level 3 we can trawl through the various theories in great detail while simultaneously reconstructing our world from the very fabric of life.

A fundamental component of all science is an enquiring mind and a bottomless kete of questions. This is every bit true for biology, but due to its living and constantly changing state we need to be ready to test our own theories and analyse the validity of our own questions. Biology is not a spectators sport and if you commit to this course you will be signaling your desire to understand beyond the" known and proven" and enter the realm of "observation and theory". The tools you acquire within this course will remain useful throughout almost any future endeavors. Because in biology you’ll be trained to think/question in a whole new way while learning to see the world from an entirely new perspective.

Biology at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery is driven by your desire to investigate, enquire and seek to understand. It is a branch of science that is open to lots of discussion and involves a large amount of terminology, it is reliant on expression of scientific ideas in numerical and literary form. As such a good understanding of mathematics is desired and general essay writing skills preferred but not essential.

This booklet contains an outline of the NCEA Level 8 Biology classes on offer at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery along with details of assessment opportunities and attendance requirements.

Students entering this NCEA level 3 course MUST have taken NCEA Level 2 Biology AND Mathematics courses and attempted the external exams.

Courses offered per block.

TitleLA CodeBlockYear
Final review of our deeper biological understanding BREB4.12017
Ok Mr. scientist .... you said what now?BREB3.22017
To evolve or not to evolve, that is the question.BREB3.12017
Sharpening our scientific brainBREB2.22017
Keep cool, don't sweat the small stuff!BREB2.12017
Signal received, initiating responseBREB1.22017
Signal received, initiating responseBREB1.12017