Level 8 Biology

NCEA Level(s)

Course aims / learning outcomes

Big picture Biology: Evolution (Human Evolution) and Behaviour. The Internals allow for a practical component and research assignments.


Course content

Trips to be determined. Hagley Park and Orana Park most likely. Further afield is possible. Teaching is mostly lecture-style with a lot of reading to be done outside class.


Assessment statement

  • 3 externals, 4 internals. Flexible.
  • Engaged students are likely to do 2 externals and up to 3 internals, which will be 17-19 credits.
  • Externals are exams. Internals are practical/report/presentation; essay/presentation and written analysis



  • Assignments that take place over time will be produced in an online system such as Google Docs. Learning Advisors will monitor student work by accessing document history. A portion of work will need to be completed during class time under Learning Advisor supervision. 
  • Class tests will take place under supervised test conditions within class.
  • Students may be required to sign an authenticity statement, perform certain parts of assessment tasks under close supervision, or show through interview and the existence of notes and supporting material that the work submitted by the student is genuinely his/her own work.


Appeal Procedures

  • Students have the right to appeal the mark they have been awarded. If a student wishes to appeal a grade, they should initially talk to the subject learning advisor about the marking process immediately after the marked assessment task is shown to them. If still dissatisfied the student should make an appointment and discuss grades with the Principal’s Nominee who will check that the correct procedures have been followed as outlined in the school and subject policies taking into account any special circumstances.


Table of Assessments

NumberNameCredit valueInternal or ExternalLiteracy Numeracy UE Reading/WritingWhenReassessment opportunityType of assessment
AS91601Practical Investigation4Internal?Term 2NoInvestigation/Report/Presentation
AS91602Socio-scientific issue3Internal?Term 3NoEssay/Presentation
AS91603Animal & Plant Responses5External?Term 4NoExam
AS91604Homeostasis3Internal?Term 1NoAnalysis
AS91605Evolution4External?Term 4NoExam
AS91606Human Evolution4External?Term 4NoExam
AS91607Modern Genetics3Internal?Term 3NoEssay/Presentation