This course requires 2 options.
Biology - Level 3
Teacher in Charge: Mr B. Salmon
• Animal behaviour
• Plant responses
• Current biological issues
Critical thinking and biotechnology. Students learn about cutting edge genetic editing tools and investigate whether we should be using these in New Zealand.
Biology experiments. Students investigate the effects of drugs on animal physiology by using microscopic water fleas and sea monkeys.
Thermoregulation: Students learn how the body reacts during extreme sports events and how you can keep yourself from cool or warm when you need to.
Plant responses and animal behaviour: Students learn the responses plants make to their environment and the behaviour of individual and groups of animals. Along the way you will learn and experience why you should always stay put if you get lost in a snowstorm.
Speciation: Learn how it is that there are so many different types of species on our planet. Why not just one species through natural selection?
Human evolution: Discover the fascinating scientific story of how humans came to exist and the evidence behind it. Find out how our evolutionary history gives important insight into many contemporary human situations.
Human evolution continued.
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
$24 Materials; $40 Field Trip
If you did not take a pathway course at Level 2, or did not achieve 8 external credits in that course, you will need HOD approval.
There is a research component to this course so we strongly recommend a personal device that has a keyboard.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course.
Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and
at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
For a full list of UE approved subjects, go here:
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 9 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Term: 1, Week: 5
Term: 3, Week: 8
Term: 1, Week: 8
Term: 3, Week: 8
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.
It is the policy of Tauranga Boys’ College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.