Level 3 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 credits in L2 Biology, including at least one Level 2 external, 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.

Level 3 Biology covers: 

• How animals and plants respond to changes in their environment. 

• Investigating a biological issue that affects New Zealand society. 

• Evidence of biological and cultural changes to humans over time. 

• How humans maintain constant internal conditions such as body temperature. 

• A practical investigation of how plants are affected by changes to their environment. 

A write-on workbook covers each of the topics taught and gives good practice questions for the Achievement Standards. 



Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

The field trip 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.