2 unit course

Course Summary
  • The Year 11 course investigates cellular structure and provides a basis for understanding how multicellular organisms transport and absorb nutrients and carry out gas exchange. Exploring variations in the structures and functions of organisms provides an understanding of the effects of the environment on living things and biodiversity.
  • The Year 12 course investigates reproduction, inheritance patterns and the causes of genetic variation in both plants and animals. Applications of this knowledge in biotechnology and various genetic technologies are explored in the light of their uses in the treatment, prevention and control of infectious and non-infectious diseases. 

Students are provided with 15 hours of course time to undertake a depth study in Year 11 and Year 12. During this time, students may investigate or conduct an activity that allows for the further development of one or more scientific concepts of this course.

A depth study may be one investigation/activity or a series of investigations/activities.

Practical work constitutes at least 30% of the course.

What, if any, skills are needed?

We conduct practical investigations that are an essential part of the Year 11 and Year 12 courses. 

Skills relating to conducting experiments and working scientifically developed during Years 7-10 are recommended.

Course Units
Year 11 Units Year 12 Units
The Year 11 course consists of four modules:
The Year 12 course consists of four modules:
Module 1 Cells as the Basis of Life
Module 5 Heredity
Module 2 Organisation of Living Things
Module 6 Genetic Change
Module 3 Biological Diversity
Module 7 Infectious Disease
Module 4 Ecosystem Dynamics
Module 8 Non-infectious Disease and Disorders
Learning Experiences

Students will gain first-hand knowledge of their environments through fieldwork and excursions - these are an integral part of the learning process. 

Career Options

There are a wide variety of employment opportunities for students who have undertaken this Scientific course, demonstrating science, communication, and research. 

Many of the medical fields are opportunities for students who have studied Biology. For example:

  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Surgeon
  • Therapist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Nutritionist
  • Pathologist
  • Paramedic
  • Vet
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Anatomist
  • Biochemist
  • Botanist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Physiologist
  • Zoologist
  • Botanist
  • Animal husbandry


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