Biology NCEA Level 2



This subject leads to an approved UE course of study.


Biology NCEA Level 2 requires skills and knowledge from studying Science NCEA Level 1 or IGCSE Biology. Students need to have passed the L1 Genetics standard (AS90948) as well as the internal assessment (AS90935), or gained a D or better at IGCSE Biology. If not they must consult with the Faculty Head about their likelihood of success in the Level 2 Biology course.

Course Description:

This course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills established in Year 11 Science NCEA Level 1 or IGCSE Biology and to lay the foundation for a broad understanding of key ideas and skills in biology.

Achievement Standards:

291156(W)Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level4ExternalCompulsory
291157(W)Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change4ExternalCompulsory
291159Biology 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of gene expression4ExternalCompulsory
291153(N)Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision4InternalCompulsory
291155Biology 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life3InternalCompulsory
291158Biology 2.6 - Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision4InternalCompulsory

Assessment Summary: