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

About the subject

They 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. 

Course Content

Students must be able to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding of the three strands of science:

  • science inquiry skills
  • science as a human endeavour
  • science understanding.

Science understanding is delivered under four main topic areas:

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


Students provide evidence of their learning through eight assessments.

School based assessment (70%):

Seven tasks are completed throughout the school year. These tasks are graded at school prior to external moderation. All tasks have equal weighting.

School based assessment:

  • Investigation Folio (30%)
  • Completion Practical
  • Deconstruct and Design Practical
  • Science as a Human Endeavour Investigation
  • Skills and Applications Tasks (40%)

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3

Extended Response

External Assessment (30%):

Examination: 2 hours

Stage 2 science inquiry skills and science understanding from all topics may be assessed.


  • will be of different types
  • may require students to show an understanding of science as a human endeavour
  • may require students to apply their science understanding from more than one topic.
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