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

Level 3 Biology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Clarke.

Recommended Prior Learning

Require a minimum of 14 credits from Biology Level 2 which must include one external from either AS 2.4, AS 2.5 or AS 2.7.

You may not take this course AND Level 3 General Science.

Welcome to NCEA Level 3 Biology, an inspiring and in-depth exploration of the living world and its complexities! Building upon your Level 2 knowledge, this course takes you on a fascinating journey through the realms of genetic transfer, homeostasis, human evolution and biological socioscientific issues. Discover the intricate workings of plant and animal responses, unravel the mysteries of human evolution. Engage in hands-on experiments, fieldwork, and data analysis to develop your scientific inquiry skills. NCEA Level 3 Biology will broaden your understanding of life on Earth and its interconnections, preparing you for further studies in biological sciences and providing a deeper appreciation for the wonders of life. Get ready to embark on this captivating journey and unlock the secrets of the living world!

Subject Overview

Term 1
Animal Behaviour and Plant Responses to Changes in the Environment

Term 2
Homeostasis & Socio-Scientific Issue (how we process sugar, and how we manage diabetes)

Term 3
Trends in Human Evolution

Learning Areas:


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.


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.