Stage 1 – Year 11

SACE Credits

10 per semester

Does this subject include an exam?



Successful completion of Year 10 Science at a minimum C grade achievement level.

Course Content

The following topics provide the framework for learning in Stage 1 Biology:

  • Cells and Microorganisms
  • Infectious Disease
  • Multicellular Organisms
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Learning Requirements

In this subject, students are expected to:

  • In this subject, students are expected to:
  • apply science inquiry skills to design and conduct biological investigations, using appropriate procedures and safe, ethical working practices
  • obtain, record, represent, analyse, and interpret the results of biological investigations
  • evaluate procedures and results, and analyse evidence to formulate and justify conclusions
  • develop and apply knowledge and understanding of biological concepts in new and familiar contexts
  • explore and understand science as a human endeavour
  • communicate knowledge and understanding of biological concepts, using appropriate terms, conventions, and representations.


At least one semester (preference Semester 1) of Stage 1 Biology is recommended for Stage 2 Biology. A prerequisite for students entering university Health Science and Science courses.