Senior courses are designed to examine the natural environment in which we live and the various factors affecting the living things within our eco-systems. In Years 12 and 13 (Levels 2 & 3), the focus is on Ecology and Genetics, which are currently areas of human interest. Students will investigate the interaction of living things with other living/non-living things within their environment and carry out their independent investigation. The Genetics component of Level 3 Biology addresses the role of DNA in today’s world, using this to examine the various biotechnological techniques currently being used in modern society.
Both courses are assessed in various ways: practical investigations, research projects, field studies and external NZQA written examinations.
The Senior Biology courses teach a range of skills and topics essential for entry into a biological degree course.