Hutt Valley High School Hutt Valley High School

Level 2 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs K. Miller.

Recommended Prior Learning

Reasonable success in Level 1 Achievement Standards in Science or at the discretion of the HOLA.

This subject involves the study of living things. It includes:
- Gene Expression – how genes work
- Genetics variation & change- How populations change over time.
- Socio Scientific issue-Biological, Ethical, Economic and Cultural impacts of Vaccination
- Carry out a practical investigation- Enzymes

Ecology-  How communities of species interact.

Course Overview

Term 1
Practical Investigation- Enzymes
Ecology (not assessed).

Term 2
Socio-scientific Issue- Vaccinations
Genetic variation and change

Term 3
Genetic Variation and change
Gene Expression

Learning Areas:


Assessment Information

3.2 Socio-scientific Issue is very accessible for year 12 students and provides Cr that contribute to both Level 2 and 3 NCEA.


Level 3 Biology

Students selecting this course go on to pursue careers in Biochemistry and Genetics, Medicine, Animal/ Plant Research, Environmental Science, Medical Laboratory, Bioinformatics, Forestry, Agriculture.

Career Pathways

Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Zoologist, Registered Nurse, Paramedic, Anaesthetist, Anaesthetic Technician, Pathologist, Microbiologist, Biochemist, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Biotechnologist, Phlebotomist, Clinical Physiologist, Physician, Surgeon, Chemical Production Operator, Science Technician, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Coder, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Dentist, Medical Imaging Technologist, Diagnostic Radiologist, Forensic Scientist, General Practitioner, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Psychiatrist, Health Services Manager, Medical Laboratory Technician, Radiation Therapist, Tertiary Lecturer, Radiation Oncologist, Sterilising Technician, Ophthalmologist

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A workbook is available for purchase (approximately $35.00).