Biology provides opportunities for students
to engage with living systems.
Students develop their understanding of
cells and multicellular organisms. They
engage with the concept of maintaining the
internal environment. They study biodiversity
and the interconnectedness of life. This
knowledge is linked with the concepts of
heredity and the continuity of life.
Students learn and apply aspects of the
knowledge and skills of the discipline
(thinking, experimentation, problem-solving
and research skills), understand how it
works and how it may impact society. They
develop their sense of wonder and curiosity
about life; respect for all living things and the
environment; understanding of biological
systems, concepts, theories and models;
appreciation of how biological knowledge
has developed over time and continues to
develop; a sense of how biological
knowledge influences society.
Students plan and carry out fieldwork,
laboratory and other research investigations;
interpret evidence; use sound, evidencebased arguments creatively and analytically
when evaluating claims and applying
biological knowledge; and communicate
biological understanding, findings,
arguments and conclusions using
appropriate representations, modes and
continuity of life
Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context.
In Units 3 and 4 students complete four summative assessments. The results from each of the
assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive
an overall subject result (A–E).