St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 2 Biology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Clarke.

Recommended Prior Learning

Require a minimum of 12 credits from Level 1 Science which must include AS 90948 -  Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation.

You may not take this course AND Level 2 General Science.

Welcome to NCEA Level 2 Biology, an exciting exploration of the living world and its fundamental processes! This course builds upon your Level 1 knowledge, taking you deeper into the realms of cell biology, genetics and adaptations. Explore the fascinating structures and functions of cells, understand the principles of inheritance and genetic variation, and discover the interactions between organisms and their environments. Engage in hands-on experiments that will enhance your scientific skills and critical thinking abilities. This course offers a captivating learning experience that will broaden your understanding of living systems, setting a solid foundation for further studies in biology and related fields. Get ready to embark on this thrilling journey of discovery and uncover the wonders of the natural world!

You will have 3 external examinations: 

  1. Cells - organelles, respiration, photosynthesis, cell transport, DNA structure, and mitosis 
  2. Genetic Variation - Causes of genetic variation, Mendelian genetics.
  3. Gene Expression - How are proteins made from DNA and nature or nurture.

There are also two internal assessments 

1. Practical investigation into an aspect of cell biology

2. How animals adapt to their environment in order to carry out an essential function

Learning Areas:



Level 3 Biology, Level 3 General Science

Career Pathways

Acupuncturist, Personal Trainer/Exercise Professional, Registered Nurse, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Paramedic, Anaesthetist, Pathologist, Veterinary Nurse, Zoologist, Beekeeper, Chemist, Aquaculture Farmer, Zookeeper, Marine Biologist, Arborist, Medical Physicist, Meat/Seafood Process Worker, Audiologist/Audiometrist, Microbiologist

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

The opportunity to purchase revision and study workbooks through the school will be offered, but there is no obligation to purchase these. Suggestions for appropriate workbooks will be provided in the student information sheet issued at the start of the year. The cost is approximately $25.


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.