Stage 1

Biology A

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have good literacy skills due to the language requirements of the course and a sound understanding of the experimental process.


Level 4 or better in Year 10 Compulsory Science with a Level 4 in Criteria A “Knowing and Understanding” or a Level 5 or better in Environmental or Forensic Science with a Level 5 in Criteria A “Knowing and Understanding”.

Focus Capabilities

Literacy, Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical and Intercultural understanding.

Related Subject
Subject Description

The study of Biology is constructed around inquiry into and application of understanding the diversity of life as it has evolved, the structure and function of living things, and how they interact with their own and other species and their environment. 

They explore how biologists work to develop new insights and produce innovative solutions to problems and challenges in local, national and global contexts, and apply their learning from these approaches to their own scientific thinking.

Students design and conduct biological investigations and gather evidence from their investigations. As they explore a range of biology-related issues, students recognise that the body of biological knowledge is constantly changing and increasing through the applications of new ideas and technologies.

  • Cellular Biology

  • Microorganisms

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Note:  Biology A and B are independent programs of work, it is not necessary to have completed Biology A in order to study Biology B.

Course Fees


Additional Costs

Adelaide Zoo Excursion (approximately $15.00).

Assessment Type 1:

Investigation Folio: Practical Investigations and Science as a Human Endeavour Investigations.

Assessment Type 2:

Skills & Application Task: Tests/Assignments/Oral Presentations.

Assessment Type 3:


Assessment Type 4:


Learning Area Map