In Biology students study the structure and function of living things, and how they interact with their own and other species and their environments.

Course Details

  • ATAR: Yes
  • NTCET Points:
  • Cost: Yes

About the subject

Students will investigate biological systems from the perspectives of energy, control, structure and function, change, and exchange in microscopic cellular structures and processes, through to macroscopic ecosystem dynamics. 

Topic Areas

  • Topic 1: DNA and Proteins
  • Topic 2: Cells as a basis of life
  • Topic 3: Homeostasis
  • Topic 4: Evolution

Biology studies require a significant homework commitment.

It is recommended that students studying Stage 2 Biology complete at least on semester of Stage 1 Biology.


Students demonstrate their learning through the following assessment types:

School Based Assessment Weighting
Investigations Folio 30%
Skills and Applications Tasks (Tests) 40%
External Assessment
Examination 30%

Examination: 2 hour

  • Handwritten

All topics areas are assessed.

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