NCEA Level 3 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Stewart

Recommended Prior Learning

At least 14 Credits from Level 2 Biology or consultation with Head of Science Faculty. Students not gaining Merit grades or better in Level 2 are likely to struggle with the Level 3 course.


  • Understanding of diversity, structure, function and interrelationships of living organisms, and their interactions with the abiotic environment;
  • Understanding of genetics, evolution and human evolution;
  • Understanding of interactions between humans and their environment, and how these are influenced by developments in biological knowledge and technology; and
  • Scientific investigative skills and attitudes.

This course is a University Entrance approved subject.

Field trips: An optional 3 day trip to NZ Marine Studies Centre in Dunedin.  This trip is a 4 credit extension to the school based Biology course and provides an outstanding opportunity for students to extend their research and practical skills in a tertiary setting.

A course of 18-22 credits will be selected form the standards listed below.



Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

For students participating in the field trip - approximately $310, to be advised at the time.

Pathway Tags

Biology: Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse Chemistry: Pharmacist, Bio-Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Forensic Scientist Physics: Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician Horticulture: Tree Surgeon, Nursery Production Manager, Packhouse Supervisor, Orchard Grower, Town Planner, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Meteorologist, Policy Analyst, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Archivist, Film maker, Lawyer, Historian, Social Work, Geologist, Packhous


For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.