Biology NCEA Level 3



This is an 'approved subject' for University Entrance. Standards marked (R) may be counted towards the Reading credits for Literacy. Standards marked with (R/W) may be counted towards either (but not both) the Reading or the Writing credits for Literacy.


Biology NCEA Level 3 requires skills and knowledge from studying Biology NCEA Level 2. Students should have gained at least 12 credits at level 2, at Merit or better, or else they must consult with the Faculty Head about their likelihood of success in the Biology Level 3 course.

Course Description:

Achievement Standards:

391603(R/W)Biology 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment5ExternalCompulsory
391605(R/W)Biology 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation4ExternalCompulsory
391606(R/W)Biology 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution4ExternalCompulsory
391602(R/W)Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue3InternalCompulsory
391604(R)Biology 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment3InternalCompulsory
391607(R)Biology 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications3InternalCompulsory

Assessment Summary: