Level 3 Biology (L3BIO)


This course explores more aspects of biology such as evolution and animal and plant behaviour and responses.

What will I learn?

What should I have done already?

A minimum of 15 L2 Biology credits which must include 'Achieved' grades in AS 2.5 'Genetic variation and change' and AS2.7 'Gene expression'.

Assessment outline


Assessment regulations

There will be three internal assessments during the year.  There WILL NOT be any reassessment opportunities offered.

The final examination in November assesses the two external standards.

It is vital that you read and understand the rules relating to NCEA in the Student Handbook.  The following rules are emphasized here:

Late Work

Work submitted late for the internally assessed standards will not be marked.  

If you have a genuine reason why you are unable to submit work by the due date or unable to take part in an assessment on the set day, then you are able to apply for an extension.  This should occur prior to the due date/date of assessment, not after.  Approach your subject teacher and make your case.  Read the NCEA Student Handbook for more detail.

Authenticity and Appeals

These issues are dealt with by the college’s assessment procedures.  Essentially all work must be your own.  If you copy anything from the internet or a book, you must attribute the source of the work. Do not claim it as your own! You have the right to appeal a grade if you consider you have been treated unfairly. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details. 

Where does this course lead?

L3 course provides some knowledge required for undertaking Polytech and University science courses.

Indicative costs

For all indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.