Stage 2


Assumed Knowledge



A Grade ‘B’ in Stage 1 Physics or Stage 1 Chemistry, or ‘C’ grade with teacher recommendation. A ‘C’ grade or better in both course work and semester exam in Stage 1 Biology.

Focus Capabilities

Learning, Communication, Citizenship and Personal Development and Work.

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 environments.
Students investigate biological systems and their interactions, from the perspectives of energy, control, structure and function, change, and exchange in microscopic cellular structures and processes, through to macroscopic ecosystem dynamics. These investigations allow students to extend the skills, knowledge, and understanding that enable them to explore and explain everyday observations, find solutions to biological issues and problems, and understand how biological science impacts on their lives, society, and the environment. They apply their understanding of the interconnectedness of biological systems to evaluate the impact of human activity on the natural world.

  • DNA and Proteins

  • Cells as the Basis of Life

  • Homeostasis

  • Evolution

Course Fees


Additional Costs

Students are strongly recommended to purchase the following: SASTA Revision Guide (Approximately $30.00) and a Student Workbook (Approximately $52.00).

Assessment Type 1:

Investigation Folio: Practical Investigations and Science As A Human Endeavour.

Assessment Type 2:

Skills & Applications Tasks: Tests/Assignments/Oral Presentations.

Assessment Type 3:

External Assessment: 2 hour external examination.

Assessment Type 4:


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