Level 2 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr T. Hill

Recommended Prior Learning

To be accepted for this course students must have earned 14 or more Level 1 Science credits, including at least one external AND at least a Merit result in the Microbes assessment, or HOF/TIC (Head of Faculty/Teacher In Charge) approval.

Any student taking two or more courses that require significant time away from school (such as ODED, OELS, or Gateway) may find it difficult to cope with the demands of this course. In this case, entry will be subject to an interview with the HOF Science.

The traditional view of Biology is that it studies the structure of plants and animals through observation of individual organisms and dissections. However, modern Biology is also concerned with: 

a) Ecology – the relationship of organisms to the things around them 

b) Behaviour of these organisms 

c) Genetics and Evolution 

d) Cell Biology 

This course includes experiments and there is at least one field trip per year.  A write-on workbook covers each of the topics taught and gives good practice questions for the Achievement Standards. 




Level 3 Biology

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

The field trips and the write-on workbook are likely to incur some expenses.


Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  


The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.